Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27857 (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 Happy to draw in Foreign Office facing America (10)
A verb meaning to draw out or evoke inside the abbreviation for the Foreign Office followed by (facing) the two-letter abbreviation for America
9a South America’s custom to follow hound (7,3)
A charade of the abbreviation for South America, a custom or tradition and a three-letter verb meaning to follow
12a Egg on broadcast clearly visible (6)
Split as (2,4) this sounds like (broadcast) a phrase meaning clearly visible (2,5)
18a Consume individual brand then second to admit mistake (3,4,5)
A three-letter verb meaning to consume followed by an individual, a weapon, often referred to as a brand in literary works, and S(econd)
22a Rummage about taking long time (6)
A word meaning about or regarding followed by a long time
25a Resolute Heath comes back dressed like a lord (10)
The reversal (comes back) of the first name of former Prime Minister Heath followed by an adjective meaning dressed like a lord
26a Make good curse (4)
Two definitions – to make good, for example, a hole in one’s sock and a mild curse
27a Ian Hislop’s oppo leaving university with grasp of second old prime minister (10)
Start with the name of the other team captain on Have I Got News for You, drop (leaving) the U(niversity and insert (with grasp of) S(econd)
1d Relic of silver-coated ship, conceivably (6)
The usual Crosswordland ship wrapped in “silver” paper
3d No coast clean in resort? Find another resort (7-2-3)
This anagram (in resort) of NO COAST CLEAN gives a resort in Essex that has seen better days
5d A French novelist cuts on the phone, perhaps — that’s not usual (10)
The French indefinite article followed by what sounds like (on the phone, perhaps) a novelist and a verb meaning cuts or curtails
11d Back previous member of low class (6-6)
A verb meaning to back or support followed by an adjective meaning previous gives a member of a low school class
14d Cowboy film makes hero a poser (5,5)
This anagram (makes) of HERO A POSER gives an archaic description of a cowboy film, typically one featuring the cowboy singing while riding
16d Set cut off on ship in coastal region (8)
SE[t] without its final letter (cut off) followed by an adjective meaning on a ship
20d ‘Pet’ teacher in college where the law gets taught (6)
A Scottish word that is the equivalent of pet, when referring to a girl, followed by a university teacher gives a college where the police (law) are taught how to harass motorists
23d Steering gear made of hard wood (4)
H(ard) followed by a type of wood
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The Quick Crossword pun: dollar+mites=Dolomites