Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27875 (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.
6a Awfully wet, raw now — hide for time when the elements are more favourable (7,6)
An anagram (awfully) of WET RAW NOW HIDE
8a A way ham is carved leading to complaint (6)
The A from the clue and the two-letter abbreviation for a way or road followed by an anagram (is carved) of HAM
9a Press and TV ignoring a gallery’s muse (8)
Start with a five-letter word for the press and TV, drop (ignoring) the A and add a famous art gallery to get not one of the muses but a verb meaning to muse
11a Go very pale, have to leave northern port (6)
Drop HAVE from a port in north west England
12a Bird‘s come down by train (8)
A verb meaning to come down to earth followed by the train as a means of travel
16a Am in control to bring about vessel (7)
AM inside a verb meaning to control a vessel gives a type of vessel
25a Phaetons, unsteady transport (8)
An anagram (unsteady) of PHAETONS gives a different kind of carriage
I have a page of horse-drawn carriages in preparation – I’ll add it to The Mine when I’ve been able to add a few more pictures, but it can be viewed here:
27a Right pickle to follow small first bite (4,9)
A three-letter verb meaning to follow then S(mall) and the first bite or meal of the day
1d Trace the damaged tube (8)
An anagram (damaged) of TRACE THE
3d Effect of quavers on the score (7)
… this score is a musical score
4d Concealed layer swallows did for building (6)
A layer who lays eggs around (swallows) an anagram (for building) of DID
5d One runs daily or perhaps weekly (6)
A cryptic definition of someone who runs a daily or weekly publication
17d Go and fish in way that costs money (8)
A go or opportunity followed by a fish gives a way or road that costs money to use
18d A bird with mother somewhere in Egypt (5,3)
the A from the clue and a bird followed by a mother
19d Allude to note duplicated for judge (7)
A five-letter verb meaning to allude to followed by a musical note and then the same note
22d I love Latin — with English graduate, it’s an elementary thing (6)
Probably the only thing that everyone who studies Latin never forgets is how to decline the verb “to love” – so start with the three-letter Latin word for “I love” then add E(nglish) and a graduate
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The Quick Crossword pun: cube+ben+heel+ (sandal)=Cuban heel (sandal)
Did anyone else think that the clue for 1 Across should be “hexahedral ice” not “hexagonal ice”?