Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27779 (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 A doctor tucking into mother’s curry (6)
The A from the clue and the abbreviation for D(octo)R inside a shortened form of mother, not forgetting the S from ‘S
5a Marxist film offers nothing before starting course (4,4)
Marxist here has nothing to do with Karl and everything to do with Groucho, Chico, Harpo and Zeppo – a score of nothing in cricket followed by a starting course in a meal
9a Food on board ship for a horse (10)
Some Italian food inside (on board) an ocean-going ship
12a Perfect surface texture (6)
Two definitions – a verb meaning to perfect and the texture of a surface
15a Summary of extra scene (8)
A charade of an adverb meaning extra or too much and a scene or sight
18a Two channels, second horizontally (8)
Start with an informal word for a TV channel, add a channel or passage and S(econd)
26a Top drawer that opens up first? (10)
… like “Wild Bill” Hickok and John Wesley Hardin
This one’s especially for Miffypops!
28a Head of smooth snake is more blue (6)
The initial letter of S[mooth] followed by a British snake
2d So long, notice that is for all to see (5)
The usual two-letter notice followed by the Latin abbreviation for “that is” and the certificate that indicates that a film is suitable for all to see
4d Measuring spirit after one’s served up (6)
To get this verb meaning measuring put some spirit or vitality after the reversal (served up in a down clue) of I (one) and the S from ‘S
5d Priestley play used organ, unsettling angle (9,6)
An anagram (unsettling) of used organ followed by an angle or intersection
6d Laid-back about a judge appearing heartless (8)
The two-letter Latin abbreviation for about followed by a judge in a sporting event who is missing his middle letter (heartless)
7d Irish John entertaining daughter in saloon (5)
The Irish name that corresponds to John around (entertaining) D(aughter) gives a US term for a saloon car
8d Functioning at an acceptable level, good enough for race (2,2,5)
This could mean good or fast enough for a race
17d Aggressive speech from former Tory leader about Iran I ignored (8)
The surname of the Tory leader who followed John Major around [I]RAN without (ignored) the I
24d Relative, kind to conserve energy (5)
An adjective meaning kind around (to conserve) E(nergy)
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The Quick Crossword pun: rasher+gnarl=rationale