Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27869 (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 Too easy as the Italian gets mug running round (6)
The Italian definite article inside (gets … running round) a mug or visage
4a Go mad before long — it’s not serious (8)
A verbs meaning to go mad and long or yearn
12a Maybe fifth set of French drink (7)
Possibly the fifth set in a men’s Grand Slam tennis tournament – the French for “of” followed by an alcoholic dring
14a French composer mocking work rejecting king (5)
I just had to share this definition from Chambers of the “mocking work” – a literary composition, originally in verse, essentially a criticism of folly or vice, which it holds up to ridicule or scorn, its chief instruments being irony, sarcasm, invective, wit and humour – just drop (rejecting) the single-letter Latin abbreviation for king
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15a Drops the crocks? See what results (8)
A well-concealed anagram (crocks) of DROPS THE
25a Gold goes up in price then flags (7)
The heraldic term for gold followed by a verb meaning goes up in price gives these flowers also known as flags
27a Maybe fan of bit-part player and thespian sharing a part (9)
This type of fan is derived by taking a bit-part player in a film and a thespian and overlapping the last part of the former with the first part of the latter
28a Old campaigner, note, following my naval vessel (8)
An old campaigner or soldier and a note in the scale in sol-fa notation preceded by an interjection similar to “my!”
29a Agent welcomes rest for bounder on TV once (6)
An agent like James Bond around a short rest or nap
1d Finished puzzled? That’s typical of the Toughie! (8)
An anagram (puzzled) of FINISHED gives how the Telegraph describes its Toughie crossword
3d Toad’s disguise from Los Angeles strip (9)
The disguise used by Toad of Toad Hall when he escaped from prison comes from a charade of the two-letter abbreviation for Los Angeles and a verb meaning to strip or disrobe
6d Petition in newspapers (5)
Two definitions – a verb meaning to petition or demand and a generic name for newspaper
7d Ham and a well-ripened cheese finally sent up (7)
This ham or dabbler is derived from the A from the clue an adjective meaning well-ripened with the final letter of [chees]E sent up or lifted
16d Article on back mostly in horse ride? (9)
The indefinite article and most of the word for the back of a sheet of paper inside a horse ride give this article described by the whole of this &lit / all-in-one clue
19d Top-class seaside venue featuring old rock band (7)
A seaside venue around a rock band that, for someone like me, is positively new having been formed in 1980
22d Someone in routine job can up and drink (6)
A three-letter word for someone in a routine unimportant job in a large organization followed by the reversal of CAN
24d Kid influenced by speech (5)
This type of leather sounds like (by speech) a verb meaning influenced
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The Quick Crossword pun: logger+rhythm=logarithm