Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27881 (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.
4a I boast highbrow subject introduced by appropriate presenter (8)
An allegedly highbrow subject preceded by the surname of the presenter associated with this subject
11a Conductor‘s upset (6)
The surname of a famous Liverpool-born conductor is also a verb meaning to upset or unsettle
13a Record of top cricket match that was once broadcast in quiet periods (4,4)
This could be a record of a top international cricket match.
16a Deny being negative in a fit of temper (8)
NEG(ative) inside the A from the clue and a fit of temper
21a Boost for royal consort proclaimed (6)
Sounds like (proclaimed) the name of our Queen’s consort
24a Stick around northern party to see rugby player (5-3)
Newspaper version: Rugby player see stick around new party (5-3) – thanks RD
A stick or pole around N(orthern) [or N(ew)] and a two-letter party gives a rugby player usually known as a fly-half these days
25a Peacekeepers in intricate act of madness (6)
The usual peacekeepers inside an adjective meaning intricate or fancy
26a Dickens character in uninteresting, dull work (8)
The surname of an eponymous Dickens character inside a three-letter adjective meaning uninteresting
1d Coaches county seconds (7)
These coaches are featured in my new page of Horse-drawn Carriages – one of the Home Counties is followed by S(econds)
2d Feature of room provided uplifting change (9)
The reversal (uplifting in a down clue) is followed by a verb meaning to change or supplant
4d Crazy golf place — club to go wrong at the start (4-2-3-6)
The golf course that has been the venue for the Ryder cup (3,6) preceded by a club of the kind used in cricket and a verb meaning to go wrong or err
5d Star in danger taking two separate directions (8)
A phrase meaning in danger (2,4) into which two compass directions are inserted separately
14d Minor leader — one participating in revolutionary affair (9)
I (one) inside one of our usual revolutionaries which is followed by a romantic affair that usually only lasts for a short time
15d US lawman to make point — it helps to listen (8)
The surname of a famous US lawman is followed by a verb meaning to make a point or sharpen
18d One used to pray for fool in debt (7)
A fool is placed according to a colloquial phrase for being in debt (2,4)
20d One who’s beaten up needs start of emergency repair at last (6)
The reversal of someone who has been beaten in a competition is reversed (up in a down clue) and followed by the initial letter (start) of E[mergency] gives a verb meaning to repair a shoe at a last
22d Gave false report about North having rules (5)
A verb meaning gave a false report around N(orth)
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The Quick Crossword pun: parkin+baize=parking bays