Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27815 (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 Uncensored clip circulated during leave (8)
An anagram (circulated) of CLIP inside a verb meaning to leave or depart
5a Class mostly argue, giving one grief (6)
Most of a class or type followed by a verb meaning to argue
11a Dish is too much in centre of St-Tropez (7)
The IS from the clue and the three-letter abbreviation meaning too much inside the middle letters (centre) of [St-T]RO[pez]
13a Detergent son used inside daily (8)
S(on) inside a daily or charlady
20a At university, have stimulated a liberal revolution (8)
The two-letter word meaning at university followed by an anagram (stimulated) of HAVE, the A from the clue and L(iberal)
23a New leader, fiery type (7)
An adjective meaning new or up-to-date followed by a leader or chief
27a Starving in country area disregarded (6)
Start with an Eastern European country and drop (disregarded) the A(rea)
28a Poet, more humorous, capturing hearts (8)
To get the surname of this lesser-known American Quaker poet start with an adjective meaning more humorous and insert (capturing) H(earts) – comparatively easy to work out from the wordplay, what is more difficult is thinking of anything of note that he has written
1d Strongly advise her to, if upset about kiss (6)
An anagram (if upset) of HER TO around the letter used to represent a kiss
2d Cheese and wine celebration cut short (4,5)
A fortified wine followed by most of (cut short) a celebration or tribute
6d East German — wealthy person who refuses to recognise reality (7)
The German for east followed by an adjective meaning wealthy
8d Irish writer, the old dramatist, initially staring in a demented way (4-4)
The surname of a famous Irish writer and dramatist followed by the old word for “the” and the initial letter of D[ramatist]
9d Inquiry about small new care home’s beginning (8)
Two letters that mean about followed by S(mall), an anagram (new) of CARE and the initial letter (beginning) of H[ome]
14d Private side subtly restricts one sibling in four (8)
To get this colloquial word for an army private put an anagram (subtly) of SIDE around (restricts) one sibling among four born at the same time
19d Night train agent, inactive (7)
Two definitions, the second being a currently inactive agent or spy
25d Keep an eye on wife at church (5)
W(ife) followed by AT and CH(urch)
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The Quick Crossword pun: welt+reigned=well-trained