Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27899 (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.
1a Pale in colour after meeting the Spanish (6)
A word meaning after followed by the Spanish definite article
10a It could be a grave sign of stress (6)
When preceded by grave this could be a sign that a vowel is to be stressed
16a Bulb in garden plot diseased (8)
This bulb is the kind used for illumination; just put it inside a three-letter garden plot – I have recently converted almost all of our house to LED bulbs, and the electricity bill is significantly lower; as an example the four main lights in the lounge now use 20 watts in total instead of 160
18a One can fasten a garment yet not in reflection (6)
A three-letter word meaning yet followed by the reversal (in reflection) of NOT
22a Rang Bill about two, on the phone, and demanded an explanation (6,2,7)
A verb meaning rang on the telephone and a bill around the two-letter word that sounds like (on the phone) two
27a Without a stitch in this suit? (8)
When followed by suit, this means without a stitch of clothing
I bet you knew I’d find an illustration for this one!
28a Monstrous thing, being last for ages (6)
Split as (4,2) this is a phrasal verb meaning to last for ages
30a Agreement to attempt to catch swallow (6)
An attempt around a verb meaning to swallow food
2d Supper with recklessly raised spirits? (9)
A rather poor cryptic definition of someone who has raised spirits due to supping too much of the hard stuff
3d Strangely ethical to keep old diary of religious studies (11)
An anagram (strangely) of ETHICAL around O(ld) and a diary
6d Bush senior in church (5)
Two definitions – the first being a type of bush which has nothing to do with a certain US President
8d Having flipped, a 50/50 call follows (5)
One of the two results (50/50) that can follow the flipping of a coin
13d Nobleman‘s gold hair mainly to be restored (7)
This Spanish nobleman is an anagram (to be restored) of GOLD and most of (mainly) HAI[r]
15d Misleadingly, perhaps, put in policing organisation, getting knocked back (11)
A world-wide policing organisation followed by a verb meaning knocked back some food – I only knew the mathematical meaning of this word, but Chambers has “to insert a word or passage in a book or manuscript, especially in order to mislead”
17d Banker‘s material (5)
… this banker is a Scottish river
19d Definite C&B (3-3-3)
Split C&B to get two methods of dismissal in cricket
26d Tom is shown round employment department as trainee (5)
The type of animal of which tom is an, unindicated, definition by example around the abbreviation for the long-defunct Department of Employment (now covered by the Department for Work and Pensions)
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The Quick Crossword pun: brat+tizz+lava=Bratislava