Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27845 (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 For instance horse running round pound got much bigger (10)
Put the type of animal of which a horse is an example around the abbreviation of the Latin for a pound
9a Fashionable novels, when about fifty, can be an imposition (10)
The usual two-letter word meaning fashionable followed by the category of book to which novels belong around the Roman numeral for fifty
15a Husband gripped by pagan bird on moor (5-3)
H(usband) inside (gripped by) a pagan
20a Good-looking things added in house (8)
Put a word meaning things added inside a four-letter word for a house
23a Is cabinet minister engaged by Mr Cameron finally to rule badly? (9)
The IS from the clue and a current cabinet minister inside MR and the final letter of [camero]N
24a Stay in Sunset Blvd maybe (4)
Split as (2,2) this could describe Sunset Blvd as the abbreviation of its location followed by an abbreviation for a road in a city
27a Resentment of female marsh bird apparently (10)
This could be, but isn’t (apparently), a name for the female of a species of marsh birds
29a Live with migraine possibly on high cliff (6,4)
A verb meaning to live and what could be (possibly) a migraine (4,4)
1d Leave fairly shortly (4)
Drop the final letter from an adverb meaning fairly or moderately
4d See, coming up amid turmoil, underground explorer (8)
The two-letter word for see! reversed (coming up in a down clue) a word meaning turmoil
5d A heart is lifted taking in one piece by Beethoven (6)
The A from the clue and a heart or centre is reversed (lifting in a down clue) around I (one)
8d Fielder, wide perhaps, caught series of balls (5,5)
This cricket fielder comes from a charade of an additional score, like a wide, in cricket, the abbreviation for C(aught) in cricket and a series of balls in cricket – a bit tricky if you know nothing about cricket, but a US solver once told me that he had learned about the game just to be able to solve UK cryptic crosswords
11d Cromwell’s force making mark in terrible war with old enemy (3,5,4)
A write-in for anyone who knows just a tiny bit about the English Civil War – put M(ark) inside an anagram (terrible) of WAR with OLD ENEMY
17d Having a spell without web is attractive (8)
The art of producing a spell around a web to get an adjective meaning attractive in its original sense of to draw towards
22d Live on the edge (6)
This verb meaning to live in a dwelling comes from a charade of a word meaning on or concerning and an edge
25d American pressman not new (4)
A two-letter abbreviation for American followed by the usual pressman
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The Quick Crossword pun: Angus+tourer+bitters=Angostura bitters®