Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27953 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +
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.
Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.
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.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow.
1a Settles business promptly and honestly, a pain to administer (4,2,3,4)
An anagram (to administer) of HONESTLY A PAIN
9a I have to follow dreadful court order (9)
The abbreviated for of “I have” preceded by (to follow) an adjective meaning dreadful and C(our)T
13a Flag from European country cut down (4)
Flag is another name for this type of flower – drop the final letter (cut down) from an adjective meaning from a particular European country
17a American explorer brought back to company … this! (7)
The reversal of a fifteenth-century Italian explorer who discovered of parts of North America followed by CO(mpany)
18a Individual entertains male party before audience (2-5)
The number that represents an individual around (entertains) an all-male party
21a Small ship in bay (4)
A double definition – the alternative spelling of a small ship, the more usual spelling has 6 letters, and a verb meaning to bay like a dog
27a Old Lib-Dem leader tucks into lean bit of steak and sauces etc (9)
The shortened first name of a former Lib-Dem leader sandwiched between (tucks into) an adjective meaning lean or slim and the initial letter (bit) of S[teak]
28a Arrange other matter in Arnie’s vehicle (3,10)
An anagram (arrange) of OTHER MATTER IN – the definition is a vehicle in the sense of a medium for the expressing or performing of something
1d Visitor from Peru abandoned trip having got lost round centre of Chingford (10,4)
Britain’s favourite visitor from Peru is derived from an anagram (having got lost) of ABANDONED TRIP around the middle (centre) letter of [Chin]G[ford]
2d Stories for instance set up to entertain the Navy (5)
The reversal (set up in a down clue) of a three-letter word meaning for instance around the abbreviation for our navy
3d Like some music Clare Short arranged (10)
A cleverly spotted anagram (arranged) of CLARE SHORT
7d Strains bearing fruit in verses (9)
A verb meaning strains sprains preceded by (bearing in a down clue) a type of fruit
8d Royal family habit to be protected by foot soldiers following Tornados (5,2,7)
A three-letter habit inside the foot of a certain type of animal then some of our usual soldiers, the latter being preceded by meteorological phenomena of which tornados are an example – definite slap on the wrist for using a “definition by example” without the courtesy of an indication
14d Member of crew with muscle, skinny, casing joint (4,6)
A two-letter abbreviated word for a muscle and an adjective meaning skinny around (casing) a joint between edges of cloth
16d Rebel is pressing to capture north (9)
The IS from the clue and an adjective meaning pressing or important around (to capture) N(orth)
19d Religious instruction Eastern sanctimonious saint let out (7)
E(astern) followed by a two-letter adjective meaning sanctimonious or self-righteous, S(aint) and an anagram (out) of LET
25d Python at rest (4)
Two definitions – the surname a member of the surreal comedy group who created the sketch comedy show Monty Python’s Flying Circus and an adjective meaning at rest
The Crossword Club is now open. Thanks for your patience (well, all except one miserable git).
As this is a Prize crossword, please don’t put any ANSWERS, whether WHOLE, PARTIAL or INCORRECT, or any ALTERNATIVE CLUES in your comment. If in doubt, leave it out!
Please read these instructions carefully. Offending comments may be redacted or, in extreme cases, deleted.
The Quick Crossword pun: earnest+hemming+weigh=Ernest Hemmingway