Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27755 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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Today is your last chance to enter our March Prize Puzzle
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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Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Where the hint describes a construct a “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.
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Some hints follow.
1a Copper, special originally, eating something done that’s succulent (6)
The chemical symbol for copper and the initial letter (originally) of S[pecial] around (eating) something that is done gives this succulent plant
5a Mineral springs help? Yes, indeed (4,4)
Some mineral springs followed by a three-letter word meaning help
12a Released the Parisian solicitor (3,3)
The French definite article followed by someone who solicits for business, maybe to sell tickets on the black-market
13a Saying said by Eastern biblical character (4)
A word segment that sounds like (said) a saying preceded by E(astern)
15a Substitute Dopey, initially, for Bashful? (8)
A substitute or stand-in followed by the initial letter of D[opey] – nothing to do with two of the dwarves!
18a Way to pay for course (8)
This way for pedestrians only comes from a charade of a verb meaning to pay for a bill and a course or route
26a Unintended exchange of early letters with old golf club by wretched miser (10)
An old type of golf club followed by an anagram (wretched) of MISER
27a Refused to abandon one’s belief in organised company (4,4)
Organised, as in organised a meeting, followed by a company
28a Politician, English, before University frolic (4-2)
E(nglish) and U(niversity) followed by a frolic
2d A city in Italy locally known for perfume (5)
Split as (1,4) this is the A from the clue and the local name for Italy’s capital city
3d What an athlete may wear in line with action (9)
A line or way followed by a court action
6d Lacking energy, and unprepared at the supermarket? (8)
This could mean being unprepared at the supermarket because you had no idea what items were needed
14d Who’s working still, we hear, to create the best exhibit? (9)
An anagram (working) of WHO’S followed by what sounds like (we hear) still or quiet
16d Hospital doctor pressing substance right into bottom (9)
The four-letter substance of a speech and R(ight) inside bottom or posterior
20d One knight to leave money, as intended (6)
Drop (to leave) one of the letters which is the chess notation for kNight from money or funding to get a guy who is intended or betrothed
22d Greatly affect winning margin (2-3)
A two-letter word meaning winning followed by a margin or extremity
24d Course record, very good over mile (5)
A four-track gramophone record followed by a two-letter word meaning very good and M(ile)
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The Quick Crossword pun: screw+pulls=scruples