Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27893 (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 Note sum charged in unauthorised occupation of quantity of floor space (6,4)
The second note of the scale in sol-fa notation followed by the sum of money charged for services all inside an unauthorised occupation
12a The woman records trial wherein some get fleeced (5-8)
A charade of the female pronoun, some vinyl records, usually with two tracks on each side, and a judicial trial
14a In support, learner left with care of plumbing item (8)
Inside a four-letter verb meaning to support place L(earner), L(eft) and the abbreviation of Care Of
15a Artist has entry cut short (6)
The surname of this 19th century French artist is derived by dropping (cut) the final letter (short) from an entry
21a Where one’s tried to get round report of royals (5,8)
The place where one is tried followed by an adjective meaning round
25a Detective on public transport (5)
This fictional Edinburgh detective is derived from a two-letter word meaning on followed by a public transport vehicle
26a Rejected love that produces pain (4)
The reversal (rejected) of the Greek god of love
27a Estimate on repairing starter home? (10)
An anagram (repairing) of ESTIMATE ON
1d Window frame made by son, with wood (4)
S(on) followed by a type of wood
2d Able to take a stretch briefly after university, one’s employed in the kitchen (7)
An adjective meaning capable of being stretched or drawn out without its final letter (briefly) preceded by U(niversity)
5d Make electrics safe in underground shelter (5)
Two definitions – a verb meaning to make an electrical device safe by grounding it and an underground shelter for an animal
7d Caught old tennis star pocketing one keyboard (7)
C(aught) and the surname of an old Australian tennis star around (pocketing) I (one)
8d Island bananas to be put on old Turkish officer’s vehicle (10)
11d Original ideas from hit issue (13)
A verb meaning to hit on the head followed by some issue or progeny
16d More masculine, given second look (8)
An adjective meaning more masculine followed by S(econd) – in common with most Cockney rhyming slang the second, rhyming, word “hook” is, as here, usually omitted
18d One has a row in kitchen mostly (7)
This rower is most of a word meaning a kitchen
23d Man perhaps that follows Carl in Northern city (4)
The mass of land of which Man is an example (perhaps) can be prefixed by Carl to get a city in Northern England – note that the necessary capitalisation of Man is concealed by placing it at the beginning of the clue
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The Quick Crossword pun: Grayson+favour=grace-and-favour