Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27821 (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 Large building site conceals article (6)
A site or location around the indefinite article
4a Knife fight about where the cash is kept mostly (8)
A fight (3,2) around most of where the cash is kept in a shop
9a ‘Ring me’, missing the start — call again (6)
A ring or stadium and the ME from the clue without (missing) the initial letter (start) of the first word gives a verb meaning to call or designate again
11a Fake diamond is a national symbol (8)
A four-letter word meaning fake followed by a colloquial word for a diamond
15a A comedian’s accessory has fishes caught in a couple of seconds (8,5)
This accessory used by a particular comedian may be unknown outside the UK! – Crosswordland’s ubiquitous fishes between (caught by) two of the same seconds or brief moments of time
24a Who’ll renovate antique luxury car round back of furniture shop (8)
The two-letter abbreviation for a type of luxury car around the final letter (back) of [furniture]E and a shop
27a Old music club put clergyman back in prison (6)
The reversal (put … back) of the three-letter abbreviation for a clergyman inside a slang word for a prison
28a Aristocrat and toff leading motor race in France, failing to finish (8)
A toff followed by a French motor race (2,4) without its final letter (failing to finish)
29a Guard southern access point (6)
S(outhern) followed by an access point
1d Study South American country’s broadcast (6)
This verb meaning to study sounds like (broadcast) belonging to a South American country (South American country’s)
3d Cloth that’s white or light blue one-third off put on cape (7)
Two thirds of the light blue associated with one of our universities followed by C(ape)
5d Youngster not in employment, education or training on the way up (4)
The acronym for Not in Employment, Education or Training reversed (on the way up in a down clue)
7d Taking top off, force lock (5)
Drop (off) the initial letter (top) force or significance to get a lock of hair
8d Facing the bowling — out! (2,6)
Two definitions – facing the bowling in cricket and out or withdrawing one’s labour
12d Group of settlers pass over US city (6)
A mountain pass followed by O(ver) and the two-letter abbreviation for a US city
14d Prisoner on good terms with officer (6)
A two-letter adjective meaning on good terms with followed by a ship’s officer
21d Drink of unknown manufacture? (6)
Split as (5,1) this could be something of unknown manufacture
25d Things used to cook up long story (4)
The reversal (up in a down clue) of some range cookers (like ours which is pictured in Big Dave’s Kitchen!)
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The Quick Crossword pun: beech+buoys=Beach Boys