Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27917 (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 Pain from exercise in saddle perhaps (6)
Two definitions – the second being something of which saddle is an example (perhaps)
5a Detectives must probe old coin in the West (8)
The usual detectives inside O(ld) and a foreign coin
11a Someone lacking faith in one violinist (8)
A charade of someone who has no religion, IN from the clue and I (one)
15a Drink humorously described in a manuscript penned by a dramatic diarist (5,3)
The A from the clue and the abbreviation for M(anu)S(cript) inside another the A from the clue and the surname of the doctor’s wife who’s fictional drame was serialised on the radio for many years – try to think about her without saying “I’m rather worried about Jim”, bet you can’t!
21a One harshly rules what one can’t do to a leopard? (6)
Split as (2-4) this could be something one can’t do to a leopard
23a Distinction of modern artist from ‘ere (8)
The surname of a modern British so-called artist, I saw her “Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995” at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition many years ago, followed by a word meaning from here without its initial H
27a Box — one acceptable for horse (8)
A box or stable followed by I (one) and two-letter word meaning acceptable
28a Engine stops going by elevated railway (6)
A verb meaning stops going, especially when applied to an engine, followed by the US elevated railway
2d Portia rarely displays luxurious headgear (5)
Hidden (displays) inside the clue
3d Trollope novel in Churchill’s retreat? (3,6)
This could, if split as (3,3,3), be thought of as Churchill’s retreat
4d Big actor falling short — that is what you need for a sad movie (6)
Most of the surname of the actor who starred in the film Big followed by the Latin abbreviation for “that is”
5d What can make email bounce between two cricket sides very rarely (4,2,1,4,4)
An anagram (what can make) of EMAIL BOUNCE between two instances of one of the “sides” in cricket
6d Revolutionary Nazi guard — knight perhaps (8)
One of our usual revolutionaries followed by a Nazi Guard (2,3) gives something of which a knight is an example
16d Corporation to relieve Levantine city (5,4)
This corporation is a roll of fat around the midriff – it’s a charade of an verb meaning to relieve or save from and a city in the Levant
17d Meat that’s cooked soft with butter in sparkling wine (8)
The musical notation for soft followed by a three-letter animal that butts inside an Italian sparkling wine
24d Station in India left from historic building (5)
This station or social standing in India is derived by dropping the L(eft) from an historic building
The Crossword Club is now open. I’ll be back at lunchtime after my visit to the monthly Village Café and Local Market
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The Quick Crossword pun: dire+Titian=dietician