Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27851 (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 Equip pal to create ornamental work (8)
An anagram (to create) of EQUIP PAL gives some ornamental work
9a Ardent male meeting me in passage (8)
The male pronoun and ME inside a passage or duct
10a Prophet: ‘Before noon you will return amazingly’ (4)
To get this prophet start with the abbreviation for the period before noon and then add the reversal (you will return) of a two-letter word that could, at a pinch, mean amazingly when used as an interjection
15a Small canine — greyhound perhaps? (6)
A truly dreadful cryptic definition of a small canine, based on the fact that greyhounds race around a track
20a School sandwiches used to be cut in half in station (6)
Our usual school for “posh boys who don’t know the price of milk” around the first half of US[ed] gives a London railway station
21a Lasting three months beyond the prime? (8)
Two related definitions – the first meaning “of a three-month period in the year and the other beyond the prime of life
23a Make fewer complaints about practical demonstration (6,6)
Split as (6,4,2) this could mean to make fewer complaints about
26a Fox in Scotland trapping a small creature (4)
This Scottish word for a fox is a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing – put him around the A from the clue to get a small slimy creature
28a See April disentangling trellis (8)
An anagram (disentangling) of SEE APRIL gives a trellis
2d It is not bound to appeal to readers (8)
A cryptic definition of a small booklet containing information about a single subject that may be stitched but not bound
3d Logs in to play — action that’s a hopeless endeavour! (6,6)
An anagram (to play) of LOGS IN followed by a military action
6d Sensational story giving tingle to that female Cockney (8)
A tingle or sensation followed by how a Cockney might say “that female”
7d Eager Nan’s left cotton cloth (4)
Drop (left) NAN from the beginning of a type of cotton cloth
12d Old fairytale being intellectual? Not yet fully proved (12)
The two-letter prefix for old followed by a “fairytale being” and an adjective meaning intellectual
14d Not a square meal for Italians (5)
Drop (not) the A from an Italian square to get an Italian meal
16d How agreement could be made across bridge (3,2,3)
This phrase meaning at close quarters sounds like a nautical (across bridge) agreement – does “how” indicate a homophone or have I missed something?
22d Raise money — it’s a risk either way (4-2)
Throw a coin (money) in the air (raise)
25d Advantage of four-speed gears (4)
This advantage is hidden (of) in the clue
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The Quick Crossword pun: foe+tow+Graf=photograph