Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27833 (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 Pieces of eight? Start to find a great deal in the morning (7)
This item that may have been thrown overboard is a “definition by example” (as indicated by the question mark) of some 8 down [thanks Gazza] – the initial letter (start) of F[ind] followed by a word meaning a great deal or many and the two-letter abbreviation for morning
10a Electronics firm brackets I can reset for device (9)
Put my least-favourite electronics firm around (brackets) an anagram (reset) of I CAN
11a Protection for pupils celebrated by girls (10)
This item that provides protection for the pupils in the eye comes from a charade of a verb meaning celebrated followed by some young girls
14a Son presently staying at school doing winter sport (12)
S(on) followed by a word meaning presently and a verb meaning staying at a residential school
18a Drink’s dark apparently in industrial place (4,8)
A fortified wine, the S from ‘S and a made-up word that could (apparently) but doesn’t mean dark gives a village built by Lever Brothers to accommodate workers in its soap factory
21a Reported match from Asian country (4)
This adjective meaning from a particular Asian country sounds like a match in a sporting competition
25a Try to catch eccentric knave perhaps (5,4)
A verb meaning to try to catch a young lady and invite her to marry followed by an eccentric person
28a Squadron leader has Princess back round — about to get in gin (7)
The initial letter (leader) of S[quadron] inside the reversal of the name of a Royal Princess and followed by a two-letter word meaning about – this gin is a trap, not an alcoholic drink!
1d A thousand must tuck in to seafood or starve (6)
The A from the clue and the Roman numeral for one thousand inside (must tuck in) some seafood
3d What’s suitable punishment for schoolboy breaking in is apparent (10)
Some punishment for a schoolboy (5) inside (breaking in) a verb meaning is apparent or appears
5d Liven up Evita with one spicy item (9)
A three-letter verb meaning to liven up followed by Evita’s marital surname and I (one)
6d Miss old Cambridge college (4)
O(ld) followed by the three-letter abbreviation for a college in Cambridge, Massachusetts
7d No end of stays — that is, ladieswear (8)
Drop the final S from a verb meaning stays or dallies and add the Latin abbreviation for “that is”
13d Greek scientist agreed with one of his gods coming round (10)
A verb meaning agreed or accorded (6) inside one of the Greek gods
16d Stay during good times then leave abruptly (2,6)
A verb meaning to stay or persist inside (during) a three-letter word meaning good times
19d A Scottish inventor with nothing raised capital in America (6)
The A from the clue, the surname of a Scottish inventor and O (nothing) all reversed (raised) gives the name of a capital city in America
24d Prevent vessels keeling over (4)
The reversal (keeling over) of some cooking vessels
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The Quick Crossword pun: sinner+Mars=cinemas