Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27959 (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.
7a Charge independent politician separately (7)
I(ndependent) followed by our usual politician and an adverb meaning separately
9a Tree maintenance (7)
Two definitions – a type of tree and maintenance or overhaul – I found an identical clue in one of last year’s puzzles
12a Confined below, lay, knocked out (5,4,3,3)
A word meaning below followed by an anagram (out) of LAY KNOCKED
19a The Express newspaper’s report? (8,7)
An adjective meaning express or specific followed by a report in a newspaper
23a Dessert with my new vegetable (9)
A dessert or final course of a meal followed by an interjection similar to “my!” and N(ew)
26a Mechanic, in part, is answerable (7)
Hidden (in) inside the clue
1d Volume is to include nobleman (8)
V(olume) followed by the IS from the clue and a verb meaning to include or reckon
2d Former exam relating to the countryside (8)
An adjective meaning former or previous followed by a type of exam
3d Decisively beat Oscar? Jolly good! (6)
A verb meaning to decisively beat followed by the letter represented by Oscar in the NATO Phonetic alphabet
4d Encourage operator to release latest of numbers (4,2)
A medic who carries out an operation without (to release) the final letter (latest) of [number]S
6d Back with fish to sell down the river (6)
A verb meaning to back, for example, a horse followed by a flat fish
14d Caught wearing muddy loafers outside (8)
C(aught) inside (wearing) an anagram (muddy) of LOAFERS
17d Go against country importing it (8)
The single letter that represents against followed by a European country around (importing) IT from the clue
18d Regular air service (8)
An adjective meaning regular or unvarying followed by an air or tune gives a church service
19d Abandon in wilderness (6)
22d Musical game (5)
Two definitions – a musical based on a game and the game itself
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The Quick Crossword pun: tack+ticks=tactics
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