Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27809 (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 What can reduce stinging in cut parts (4,6)
A charade of a verb meaning to cut or truncate and a verb meaning parts or goes away
10a Round Arabian land I pray troublesome arsonist’s failing (9)
Start with an Arabian sultanate and place an anagram (troublesome) of I PRAY around it
14a Decorate soldiers, famous one not losing heart (8)
The usual non-commissioned soldiers are followed by a word for a famous person and N[o]T without its middle letter (losing heart)
19a Microphone picks up a joke description of the Queen? (8)
19a Microphone picks up a joke in theatre (8) – newspaper version
MIC(rophone) around (picks up) the A from the clue and a joke
21a Ensure smart appearance to bring case to court (5,4,4)
This could be what you needs to do to ensure your outfit has no creases
24a Out of country, don’t have so much to say (9)
Not so much away from one’s country, more not having a country from which to be away – a verb meaning to say followed by a suffix meaning not so much
25a Wide-eyed, this person standing in body of church (5)
The enumeration for this clue is incorrectly given as (2,3) in the newspaper version
26a Fare payable at station reduced substantially (4)
Cleverly hidden (reduced substantially) inside the clue
27a Tropical fish uses orange in disguise (3,7)
An anagram (in disguise) of USES ORANGE
1d Children’s author raised boy, capturing hearts (4)
Put the reversal (raised in a down clue) of a young boy around (capturing) H(earts)
2d Certificate of film suitable for adults in particular (7)
CERT(ificate) followed by the letter that indicates that a film is suitable for adults only and IN from the clue
4d Woolly type mostly taking part of old actor (2,6)
Most of a woolly animal related to the llama followed by a two-letter word meaning taking part and O(ld)
5d Jane entertains one in nest (5)
The surname of Jane in the eponymous novel by Charlotte Brontë around (entertains) I (one)
7d Can seabird set down in abbey? (7)
A can or container followed by a seabird
8d Don’t have the time to follow British battalion (5,5)
A phrase that could mean not having the means to know the current tine (4,5) preceded by B(ritish)
18d Like some concrete formerly poured round playing field (7)
A four-letter word meaning formerly or once around the abbreviated form of a playing field
20d More than one bird races to catch island rodents (7)
Some motorcycle races held on the Isle of Man around (to catch) I(sland) and followed by some rodents
23d Thin as a rake (4)
Two definitions – an adjective meaning thin and a verb meaning to rake or incline
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The Quick Crossword pun: richer+dove+Yorke=Richard of York