Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27797 (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 Cheated with young lady somewhere in Ireland (7)
A four-letter verb meaning cheated followed by a young lady
10a & 11a He wrote of crimes involving horrendous carnality (3,6,5,5)
A very clever anagram (involving) of HORRENDOUS CARNALITY
14a Body Shop’s task producing puffs about German flower aroma primarily (5,7)
A verb meaning puffing or gasping for breath around a German river (flower) and the initial letter (primarily) of A[roma]
22a Show consisting of a musical instrument (10)
A show or musical performance followed by a two-letter preposition meaning “consisting of” and the A from the clue
26a Tip that’s acceptable to be expected (2-3)
This verb meaning to tip or invert comes from the single-letter which represents acceptable and a verb meaning to be expected or imminent
27a Contested election returns deserve recount (7)
The reversal (returns) of a three-letter verb meaning contested an election is followed by a verb meaning to deserve or be worthy of
28a An old poet using leisurely pace (7)
THE AN from the clue followed by an old Italian poet
1d Present from French tribesman north of the border (6)
The French for “from” followed by an ancient tribesman from north of the border
2d Hose sprayed on sly catching indefinite number (6)
These hose are the kind that are worn on the feet – an anagram (sprayed) of ON SLY around (catching) the usual indefinite number
5d Sandwich bishop found with trace of damage round it — mouse may have moved it (6,3)
A sandwich and B(ishop) both inside (with … round it) a trace of early damage to the skin
7d Call up for one from Irish city good at sport (8)
The reversal (up in a down clue) of a verb meaning to call replaces (for) the ONE in an Irish city
13d It may be amusing to expose King George among cast (10)
A three-letter verb meaning to expose or broadcast and King George’s regnal cipher inside (among) a verb meaning to cast or mould
16d One gets into row about servant (8)
I (one) inside a verb meaning to row with a pair of oars and a two-letter word meaning about
17d Electrical device more inactive without volts (8)
This can be read in two ways with the same result – an adjective meaning more inactive around (without) V(olts) or this electrical device becomes an adjective meaning more inactive without the V(olts)
19d Succeed bagging George for a duck (6)
A three-letter verb meaning to succeed around GEO(rge)
20d Theologian in market for lumber (6)
The usual theologian inside a market gives a verb meaning to lumber or encumber
24d Odd characters in Boeotia, or one of them (4)
The odd letters in a word in the clue
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The Quick Crossword pun: totter+numb=Tottenham