Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27791 (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 Waif in magazine going backwards in funfair roundabout (10)
The reversal (going backwards) of MAG(azine) inside an anagram (roundabout) of FUNFAIR
9a Best way to go? A1 (5-5)
Two definitions – the best way to travel and A1 or excellent
10a Bachelor’s second fish (4)
The abbreviation for Bachelor of Arts followed by the S from ‘S and S(econd)
13a Industrial heater for citrus fruit needing link to cook (8)
A citrus fruit followed by an anagram (to cook) of LINK
18a Feeling depressed without whisky or rum (3,2,7)
this could mean that there are no more drinks like whisky or rum
21a Cushy job at home having safe environment (8)
The usual two-letter word meaning at home inside (having … environment) an adjective meaning safe or protected
25a Diana, the Parisian teetotaller, not in favour of those who dabble (10)
A charade of DI(ana), the French (Parisian) definite article, T(ee)T(otaller) and a word meaning not in favour of
27a Bury’s runner, one entering uninvited (10)
A verb meaning to bury followed by a runner
1d Fellow coming in to recycle rubbish (6)
F(ellow) inside (coming in) a verb meaning to recycle
2d Excessively bright embellishment, not new (6)
An embellishment or decoration without (not) N(ew)
3d Prosaic in reality (6-2-4)
Without the hyphens this is a reality or truth
5d Balls delivered by popular footballer acquired by Saints (10)
One for the cricket lovers – these deliveries bowled so as to swerve to leg are derived from a two-letter word meaning popular and then a footballer who usually plays on the left or right of the others inside a two of the single-letter abbreviation for S(aint)
7d Pretty bird making ‘Ring of Fire’? (8)
11d Concerned with company’s divisions, go mad (12)
A verb meaning to go or leave followed by an adjective meaning mad
16d Deliberate swindle, meeting partisan? (8)
A three-letter swindle followed by a partisan or biased person
17d Hard time for one entering theatre (5,3)
ONE inside (entering) a word for the theatre
23d Garden party with lot to be announced (4)
Sounds like (to be announced) lot or destiny
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The Quick Crossword pun: reckon+Scilly+Asian=reconciliation