Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27863 (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.
7a Leading at home with assurance (2,5)
The usual two-letter word meaning at home followed by assurance or boldness
10a Turn of phrase fool almost used facing Bond’s boss (5)
Most of a fool followed by the single letter by which James Bond’s boss is known
13a Keep back, quietly avoiding jam (7)
Drop the musical notation for quietly from another word for jam – I’m hoping to make some blackcurrant jam this afternoon
16a Opening of these centres is what interests a culture vulture (3,4)
The initial letter (opening) of T[hese] followed by some centres or cores
23a Excellent food fish –- a tin unexpectedly produced (9)
A fish, one that can be eaten hence food fish, followed by an anagram (unexpectedly produced) of A TIN
24a Old boy with beaker returned for soup (5)
The abbreviation for Old Boy and a beaker, all reversed
26a Late series of deliveries? Exactly (7)
A series of deliveries of the ball in a game of cricket followed by an adverb meaning exactly or precisely
1d Left its reins flapping (8)
The Latin word for left, which has acquired a somewhat different meaning as a result of a superstition, is an anagram (flapping) of ITS REINS
2d One may train each day before and after work (8)
A cryptic definition of someone who uses the train to travel to and from work
4d Musical instruments belonging to a ‘Twelfth Night’ character (6)
As (5’1) this could men belonging to a character in Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’
9d Titled man, right individual to be accepted by club (7)
R(ight) and a three-letter word meaning individual inside a club used by a cricketer
14d Conventional poker hand (8)
Two definitions – conventional, particularly with regard to sexual orientation, and a hand in poker
15d Beginning to egg on worker showing class (7)
The initial letter of (beginning to) E[gg] followed by the on side in cricket and a worker insect
18d Check into earlier vessel (8)
Put CH(eck) inside an adverb meaning earlier
21d Plump domestic, not quite sound (6)
An adjective meaning plump followed by most of an adjective meaning domestic gives a verb meaning to sound or measure depth
22d Intended to help me inside (5)
A verb meaning to help around ME
The Crossword Club is now open. It’s the last Saturday of the month, so I’m off to the Village Café and Market – back around lunchtime.
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The Quick Crossword pun: how+swarming=house-warming