Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27929 (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 Measuring device for tower (10)
A word meaning for followed by something that tows
6a Bookie’s offer about to finish (4)
The odds offered by a bookie around TO from the clue
12a Person who’s left something on a support (7)
The “on” side in cricket followed by the A from the clue and a support for a golf ball
14a Become used to batting yet seeing one beaten (3,4,3,2)
An anagram (beaten) of YET SEEING ONE
21a Means to attract attention in row — I’ll give better advice (7)
A three-letter, more usually four-letter, interjection used as a means to attract attention inside a row or layer – this better is a gambler
24a Cutting ditch needs worker perhaps (9)
A ditch followed by a worker insect
26a Cover mathematical function of variable (4)
This cover usually goes on my teapot every morning! – a mathematical function followed by a mathematical variable
27a Good entertainer’s right person to provide scary tale (5,5)
G(ood) followed by an entertainer, the S from ‘S, and a person whose is politically inclined to the right
1d Blade theologian used in fencing (6)
Our usual theologian inside some fencing
2d Old cooker in Dutch house (6)
… this Dutch house is a royal family
4d Tea for every single person giving protection (9)
The three-letter colloquial word for tea followed by a word meaning for each and the number that represents a single
5d Love unchanged spot that’s pleasant (5)
O (love) followed by a phrase meaning unchanged (2,2)
8d English trade union in factory with bad attitude (8)
E(nglish) and the abbreviation for T(rade) U(nion) inside another word for a factory
9d Sit around in costume trousers from the Seventies, things for an emergency (8,6)
An anagram (around) of SIT inside a costume and followed by those trousers from the Seventies
16d Jubilant financial district staying put (8)
The postcode for London’s financial district followed by an adjective meaning staying put
19d Again sound out Greek character about forerunner of EU (2-4)
A letter of the Greek alphabet around the three-letter abbreviation for a forerunner of the EU
22d Stretch of river for everyone (5)
R(iver) followed by a word meaning for everyone – clever misdirection with “stretch of river” leaving the wordplay lacking a component
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The Quick Crossword pun: holly+decamp=holiday camp