Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27911 (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 English girl after fine felt hat (6)
E(nglish) and a girl’s name both follow F(ine)
5a Choose randomly from all the players, a great many (4,4)
All the players in a dramatic production followed by a great many
9a Arrived a short time ago with patient, as a precaution (4,2,4)
A phrase meaning arrived a short time ago (4,2) followed by a doctor’s patient
11a One inhibited by noisy petitioner (8)
I (one) inside (inhibited by) an adjective meaning noisy gives a petitioner in a lawsuit
12a German writer leaves short article (6)
Most of a verb meaning leaves or departs followed by the definite article
19a Cross about new flirtatious woman (4)
A verb meaning to cross or interbreed around N(ew)
25a Element unknown in Cape (4)
This element in the periodic table comes from a charade of a mathematical unknown, IN from the clue and C(ape)
28a Deal with adversary, ultimately making pact (6)
A verb meaning to deal with followed by the final letter (ultimately) of [adversar]Y
2d Peer in uniform (5)
Two definitions – a peer or person of the same status or ability and an adjective meaning uniform or identical
3d Clothing supplier elsewhere more suitable (9)
A three-letter adverb meaning elsewhere followed by an adjective meaning more suitable
6d Son leaving out du Maurier character (8)
S(on) followed by an anagram (out) of LEAVING
8d Try to land (9)
Two definitions – a try, like one of those scored in last night’s game between England and Fiji, and to land in an aircraft
14d Castles surrounding lake where birds nest (9)
These castles can be found on the chessboard – just put them around (surrounding) one of the Great Lakes
16d Programme I came across in piece of furniture (9)
The I from the clue and a three-letter verb meaning came across inside a piece of furniture
17d Hot part of Europe, including Northern Ireland once? (8)
H(ot) followed by a part of Europe that is popular with holidaymakers around (including) N(orthern)
24d Smallest tail of mice put in at the end (5)
The final letter (tail) of [mic]E inside an adjective meaning at the end
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The Quick Crossword pun: meatier+write=meteorite