Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27761 (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 Combining two illegal drugs makes one crazy (8)
A five-letter illegal drug followed by a three-letter one
10a Excited to get in live coverage after a dip (8)
A six-letter adjective meaning excited inside a verb meaning to live
12a Hard men trap insect (6)
A charade of H(ard), some army men and a verb meaning to trap
13a Imprison lawyer in gambling organisation that’s state of the art (4,2-2-4)
A phrasal verb meaning to imprison (4,2) followed by a US lawyer inside a gambling organisation that operates a system in which dividends are calculated according to the amount staked rather than odds offered
16a French art links two fish — a point used in the main (7-5)
The French for art, as in thou art, between two fish gives a point used by sailors (in the main) to separate the strands of a rope
19a Visually tired by keeping king in play (6)
BY around (keeping) the tragic king in a play by Shakespeare
21a Chemical compound produced from aluminium and potassium mixed with other metals we hear (8)
The chemical symbols for aluminium and potassium followed by what sounds like (we hear) a verb meaning mixed with other metals
26a Government books supplying lot of soldiers (8)
A government or administration followed by a set of books of the bible
2d Subjects of genuine document (6)
These subjects are fields of study – an adjective meaning genuine followed by a document or writing
4d Classic venue for women entertained by country music queen (9)
A disrespectful, mainly Scottish, word for a woman inside the surname of a lady regarded by many as a country music queen
5d Pictorial representation accomplished with gold after time (7)
A four-letter adjective meaning accomplished and the chemical symbol for gold preceded by T(ime)
13d Traditional singer of considerable weight embracing girl briefly (9)
A considerable weight of heavy material which is used to weigh down and steady a ship around (embracing) the abbreviated form of a girl’s name
17d Strike sovereign or pound (7)
A verb meaning to strike followed by our sovereign’s regnal cipher gives a slang word for a pound sterling
18d Youngster with knowledge about one set of races (6)
A Scottish word for knowledge around I (one) and a set of motorcycle races
20d Desire indefinite time in history? (5)
This verb meaning to desire, if split as (4,1), could be an indefinite period in history
22d Doctor upset Greek character with pass (5)
This temporary substitute doctor is derived from a Greek character and a mountain pass, all reversed (upset in a down clue)
The Crossword Club is now open. I’m off to the Village Café & Market – back around lunchtime.
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The Quick Crossword pun: alley+gaiters=alligators