Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27947 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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Many thanks to Tilsit and crypticsue for helping out over the last two Saturdays when I was in London and then York.
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 as “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 Trick by internet pest to meet that female cockney financial supervisor (10)
A three-letter trick followed by an internet pest and the pronoun for “that female” without the H, as spoken by a cockney
8a Dismiss when scores are level (3,5)
Split as (3,1,4) this could indicate that the scores are level in a game of tennisd
10a Psychotic called to visit 27 (8)
First solve 27 Across, then insert (to visit) a verb meaning called
11a Where entry takes us — no entry for a saint? (6)
Drop the initial letter from the name of a saint
14a Front occluded by stormy rain — bliss! (7)
The front of, say, an army inside (occluded by) an anagram (stormy) of RAIN
20a Apparently we can’t avoid this responsibility (4)
… because it is ** ** (2,2)
23a How to stand, relaxing a rib (2,4)
The A from the clue followed by a verb meaning to rib or make fun of
25a Money received in advance? (6)
The IN from the clue followed by a verb meaning to advance or move towards
28a Stated aim by ‘Bony’, in formation of three lines (10)
What sounds like an aim or intent followed by an adjective meaning bony
1d Cowhands replaced money on the spot (4,4)
An anagram (replaced) of COWHANDS
2d Temper shown by Nationalist meeting English banker (6)
NAT(ionalist) followed by an English banker/river
5d Timber grew over court and died (8)
A verb meaning grew or increased followed by (over in a down clue) a verb meaning to court a young lady and D(ied)
7d Concrete Belgian mixed, with tons over (8)
To get this adjective meaning concrete, an anagram (mixed) of BELGIAN is preceded by (with … over in a down clue) T(ons)
15d Case not out of position (8)
A two-letter word meaning the opposite (not) of out followed by a position or posture
17d Nobody let out it’s a damp squib (3-5)
A four-letter word meaning nobody followed by a verb meaning to let out
21d Going down having wrong entry in ship’s record (6)
Insert (having … entry) a wrong into a ship’s record
22d Shakespearean firearm (6)
Two definitions – a swaggering soldier who appears in three plays by William Shakespeare and a small firearm
The Crossword Club is now open. I’ll be at the Village Café and Market this morning sampling Gwen’s delicious coffee cake – back at lunchtime!
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The Quick Crossword pun: yew+crane+ian=Ukrainian