Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27749 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.
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Some hints follow.
1a Firebrands stirred up maturer blokes (13)
An anagram (stirred up) of MATURER BLOKES
9a Goes down fast with a lack of calming drugs, not having a temperature (9)
Start with a lack of calming drugs (2,9) then drop (not having) the A from the clue and T(emperature)
10a One stuffing daily post in university (5)
I (one) inside (stuffing) a daily cleaner
15a Inadvertently reveal the French doctor in Jersey perhaps (3,4)
The French definite article followed by D(octo)R inside another name for a jersey or pullover
17a It will build body — heavenly one if given a start (7)
Put an A in front of this body-building hormone to get a heavenly body
20a Old car journey hard without acceptable motorway (7)
A journey, perhaps one made in a car, and H(ard) around the single-letter that represents socially acceptable behaviour and M(otorway)
23a Subject for photograph (5)
A two-letter word that can mean “for”, as in “I am heading for the destination”, followed by a colloquial word for a photograph
26a Steaks, etc, make old king poorly (5)
The regnal cipher for the father of our current queen followed by an adjective meaning poorly or unwell
28a Austen’s work is subject of study taken in by male and female novelist (9,4)
A five-letter subject of academic study inside a male person and the surname of an award-winning Scottish novelist
1d Reprimands French perhaps helping in a big way (6-8)
Another word for the type of language, of which French is an example (perhaps), followed by a Billy Bunter size helping
2d Start working at Pinewood? (5)
A two-letter word meaning working or functioning followed by a place where filming takes place, like (indicated by the question mark) Pinewood
3d Inauspicious occasion when one has a terrible shock (3,4,3)
This shock is unkempt locks on the top of one’s head!
5d Spot sailors taking ship round church (7)
The usual tw0-letter abbreviation for a sailor is pluralised, followed by their ship and then placed around the Church of England
7d Modern sculptor’s turning up collecting junk somewhere in palace (9)
The surname of a famous English sculptor and the S from ‘S are all reversed (turning up in a down clue) around some junk
8d Whipped chocolate drunk all day long (6,3,5)
An ingenious anagram (whipped) of CHOCOLATE DRUNK
19d That man personally makes songs, little being articulated (7)
Sounds like (articulated) some songs of praise followed by a little being – the little being is not a homophone which makes the positioning of the homophone indicator a tad questionable
24d Bear father’s letters? (5)
Start with a two-letter word for father and then spell it out (1,3,1)
25d Sweet enthusiast scoffing last of caramel (4)
An enthusiast around the final letter (last) of [carame]L
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The Quick Crossword pun: cap+tin+manor+wring=Captain Mainwaring