Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27773 (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 Food for picnic spread I chew visiting beach (10)
An anagram (spread) of I CHEW inside (visiting) another word for the beach
10a Balance achieved by former party of the centre — right area (5)
The abbreviation for a political party of the centre before (former) its merger with the SDP followed by R(ight) and A(rea)
13a There’s remarkable energy about Conservative when deputy leader’s in charge (7)
An anagram (creatively indicated by remarkable) of ENERGY around C(onservative) – this deputy leader is not Nick Clegg but someone standing in for a monarch
14a Chef in big country house may have one? (7,5)
I’m not sure that most chefs would appreciate being called this, but it is what they do! – add IN and a big country house to get something that might be used by a chef in said house
18a Fancy a soft drink consumed by kid (4,1,5,2)
The A from the clue and a five-letter soft drink inside a phrasal verb meaning to kid (4,2)
23a Pardon little woman keeping home (7)
This little woman is the youngest of the March sisters – put her first name around (keeping) a home, particularly one for birds
25a Actor seen in clubs (5)
Two definitions – the surname of a British actor and some golf clubs
27a Honestly, it’s what shepherd seeks in Bible reading (8,2)
Sounds like (reading) what a shepherd may be seeking (5,3) in one of the parables in the Bible
1d Show is cut, having brought in little money (6)
This verb meaning to show or display is derived from a cut around a small amount of UK money
2d Browse books dipping into ‘The Flower of Africa’ (6)
Not OT or NT but two of the abbreviations for B(ook) inside an African “flower” or river
3d Queen’s expression showing a tremendous awe? Not exactly (2,3,3,6)
This expression, famously used by Queen Victoria, is an anagram (not exactly) of A TREMENDOUS AWE
5d Kitchen utensil’s taken first slice off apple (5)
Drop (taken … off) the initial letter (first slice) from a Kitchen utensil
8d Outlaws and William finally make mistake with strong desire to capture maiden (5,3)
I loved this one as William Brown’s gang in the Just William stories were called the Outlaws – a different bunch of outlaws are derived from the final letter of (Willia)M followed by a verb meaning to make mistake then a strong desire around (to capture) M(aiden)
16d After church a Yankee turned up and almost messed up priest’s garment (8)
CH(urch followed by the A from the clue, the reversal (turned up) of the two-letter abbreviation for a Yankee or American and most of a verb meaning messed up or bungled
20d Craft shops stocking unknown fragrant plant (6)
An anagram (craft is another creative anagram indicator) of SHOPS around a mathematical unknown
22d Sharp pain (5)
Two definitions – sharp or clever and a verb meaning to pain or hurt
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The Quick Crossword pun: van+Tay+earn=vingt-et-un