Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27767 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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Another month, another puzzle! Have a go at our Monthly Prize Puzzle today.
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.
7a Front drive in SW19? (8)
A cryptic definition of a type of drive or stroke in a sport that is famously played in the London borough that has SW19 as its postcode
10a This woman wants olive in a cocktail — kind of square? (6)
This woman’s name is an anagram (in a cocktail) of OLIVE followed by a type of square used for drawing right angles
11a Take part in cruise, as on a liner during summer, perhaps? (8)
I wonder if Kath managed to find this hidden word?
12a Back number about getting in sunscreen, say, creating film externally (2,8)
The reversal (back) of the two-letter abbreviation for number followed by the two-letter abbreviation for the Latin word meaning about inside the type of liquid preparation of which sunscreen is an example (say)
14a I would put in directions to get extra (4)
The abbreviated form of I would inside two compass directions gives this extra or addition to the cricket score
17a Garry leaves cap in valley (4)
Drop “garry” from the name of a Highlander’s cap of thick-milled woollen cloth, generally rising to a point in front, with ribbons hanging down behind
21a Carry On Nurse, seen with former partner (6)
This verb meaning to carry on or continue is derived from a verb meaning to nurse preceded by the usual two-letter former partner
24a State of the French pottery (8)
This US state is a charade of the French for “of the” (2,2) followed by some pottery
1d Thought it should be taken up to be wrapped by midday (6)
The reversal (taken up in a down clue) of IT inside (wrapped by) another word for midday
2d Scoundrel making one downtrodden? (4)
Two definitions – a scoundrel and a part of the foot that is “downtrodden”
5d Overflowing river moved towards floe (not south) (10)
An anagram (moved) of TOWARD(S) FLOE without (not) the S(outh)
6d Think about getting mother involved in ball, that will add fragrance (8)
A verb meaning to think around (getting … involved) the two-letter familiar term for mother
15d Objective of man, 100 — to stay in bed! (8)
Here objective is an adjective not a noun – a four-letter man’s name and the Roman numeral for 100 inside BED
16d Set out to get inside before time in wind (8)
An anagram (out) of SET inside an adverb meaning before time
18d Not very careful with chimneys in outskirts of Cromarty (6)
Some Scottish chimneys inside the outer letter (outskirts) of C[romart]Y
22d Urban area to west and north (4)
TO followed by W(est) and N(orth)
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The Quick Crossword pun: car+bow+hide+rates=carbohydrates