Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27887 (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 Change name in secret (7)
N(ame) inside an adjective meaning secret or hidden
9a Circular meadow left mowed (7)
This circular or flyer comes from a meadow followed by an anagram (mowed) of LEFT
10a Stop men finding female sorcerer’s home (5)
A verb meaning to stop followed by some men or regular soldiers gives the home of a biblical sorcerer
13a One villain after power in a boat (7)
I (one) and a villain are preceded by P(ower) to get a South American dugout canoe
16a Circle with sawn-off firearm? (7)
To get this verb meaning to circle or turn drop (sawn-off) the final letter from a type of firearm
23a A piece of cake children eat gluttonously (4,5)
Some children followed by a verb meaning to eat gluttonously
25a Open, following on (7)
An adverb meaning following or from that time followed by a preposition meaning on or concerning
26a Small crown made of gold, one shown in court (7)
The heraldic term for gold and ONE inside C(our)T
1d Team on board increase knots (6,2)
A team, possibly one on a ship, inside (on board) said ship and followed by a two-letter verb meaning to increase
4d Flag of British queen and king (6)
B(ritish) followed by a Stuart queen and the Latin abbreviation for king
5d Tired out? Completely, everything considered (3,2,3)
A phrase meaning tired out followed by an adverb meaning completely or entirely
9d Cryptic clue fair? Without a match! (7)
An anagram (cryptic) of CLUE F[A]IR without the A
14d Tenant and I study in peace (8)
The I from the clue and a study inside peace or relaxation
17d French satirist showing anger after dance (8)
A three-letter word meaning anger preceded by an old dance
19d Enjoys duck in this manner (4,2)
A five-letter verb meaning enjoys followed by a duck or score of zero in cricket
22d A profit once more (5)
The A from the clue followed by a profit
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The Quick Crossword pun: pries+wring=prize ring