Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27923 (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.
2a Copy-editor number one upset by writing fee (12)
A three-letter copy-editor on a newspaper followed by the two-letter abbreviation for number and I (one) both reversed, the latter three letters being preceded by some writing
8a Large number have a complaint when it goes astray (4)
In this semi-all-in-one clue, where the whole clue provides the definition, a large Roman numeral is followed by a verb meaning to have a complaint or illness
10a Greek character returning after short time offers driving force (8)
The reversal of a two-letter Greek character is preceded by a brief period of time
16a Outbuilding accommodating single wee Scot? (5)
An outbuilding on a farm around (accommodating) I (single) gives a wee Scottish child
17a Smart hat more than covering Mary’s sister (6)
Even if you know nothing about the bible you should be able to spot Mary’s sister lurking (more than covering) inside the clue
18a Study complaint in this French place where cross-country runners meet (10)
A three-letter verb meaning to study followed by a complaint or illness and the French for “in this” gives a place where two of Crosswordland’s “runners” meet
23a Subcontinental graduate’s entered ship (8)
A native of the subcontinent around (‘s/has entered) a graduate
26a Echoes of swan in flight appear (4,4,4)
A delightful anagram (in flight) of ECHOES OF SWAN
1d Parrot circling an overhanging shelter (6)
A verb meaning to parrot or imitate around (circling) the AN from the clue
2d Put off deciding what to do with bed (5,2,2)
This could describe what to do with a bed
4d Percentage rise ordered to cover area hotel employees (15)
A percentage paid to an agent followed by an anagram (ordered) of RISE around (to cover) A(rea)
6d Pinching the paper (5)
THE from the clue followed by the pink newspaper
7d Lavishness of couple rebuilding to house small unit for printing (8)
An anagram (rebuilding) of COUPLE around (to house) a small unit used in printing
16d Supports leg movement achieved by some potters (8)
A verb meaning supports or endorses followed by a colloquial word for a leg – these potters are the ones who pot balls on the snooker table, not those who throw clay!
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19d Affectedly superior boy and girl (2-2-2)
A three-letter boy followed by a girl’s name
20d Dicey, showing sign of hesitation leaving court (6)
Drop (leaving) a two-letter sign of hesitation from a division of the High Court of Justice
22d Base silver starts shining (5)
An adjective meaning base or contemptible with the chemical symbol for silver first (starts)
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The Quick Crossword pun: quay+Lyme+pie=Key lime pie