Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27827 (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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Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Where the hint describes a construct a “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.
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Some hints follow.
1a An Italian school’s language (8)
Someone from a particular Italian city followed by SCH(ool)
6a He is in finest order (6)
Put HE inside an adjective meaning the finest to get a verb meaning to order or command
9a Servant wearing short skirt (6)
Split as (4,2) this servant could be wearing a short skirt
10a Ministerial rites arranged in travel regularly (8)
An anagram (arranged) of RITES inside a verb meaning to travel regularly or make regular journeys over a particular route
13a Nice views might be seen through it (6,6)
Reword this as “views of Nice” and it becomes obvious!
21a Suppress the endless nonsense and let loose (8)
Start with TH[e] without its final letter (endless) then add some nonsense and an anagram (loose) of LET
24a Stampede over long grass (6)
A two-letter word meaning over or above followed by some long grass
26a One’s tied up with drip that’s not welcome in garden (8)
What can be tied in a piece of rope followed by a drip or wimp
2d Gold book that is getting bound in the East (6)
The heraldic term for gold and a part of the bible separated by (getting bound) the Latin abbreviation for that is
4d Seeing that bank showing honesty (9)
A five-letter word meaning seeing that or inasmuch as followed by a verb meaning to bank or depend
6d Composer‘s perfect joy (5)
Two definitions – an English composer and perfect joy or ecstasy
7d Silence is golden when this is paid? (4,5)
A cryptic definition of an amount paid to someone to ensure their silence
14d Confounded tar we found before swimming pool game (5,4)
An anagram (confounded) of TAR WE followed by a further anagram (swimming) of POOL
15d Jumbo might leave this cold on track! (8)
C(old) followed by ON and a verb meaning to track or follow
17d Where return ticket takes one somewhere in Australia (7)
Split as (3,4) this gives the two parts of a return journey
18d Cathedral with diocese and building in Paris (6)
A cathedral followed by a three-letter word for a diocese
22d Flung from end to end as reported (5)
Sounds like (as reported) a seven-letter word meaning from end to end
The Crossword Club is now open. I’ll be out all day meeting up with friends, old and new, at the Old Joint Stock in Birmingham; feel free to drop by if you are in the area, I’ll be there from 12:30 till 19:00.
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The Quick Crossword pun: filly+bust+err=filibuster