Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27965 (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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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 Supports daughter in university exam (7)
These supports are derived by inserting D(aughter) into an exam at Cambridge University
9a Inscription for tombstone adorning cathedral (5)
The three-letter abbreviated inscription often found on a tombstone followed by a word meaning adorning or attached to
18a Trick Yank, one such as 10 (4,1,4,3)
a verb meaning to yank or tug followed by a phrase that describes the sprinter in 10 Across
21a Key followed by old singer (4)
A key that can be found on a computer keyboard followed by O(ld)
22a Two points for this change of religion (10)
This doesn’t, at first, look like a sport-related clue, but the first of these two definitions is the action that results in a score of two points in a game of rugby
26a Bird one shot above albatross (5)
An albatross is a score of three under par in golf, so one shot above is a score of two under par
27a Nick appears in TV — that’s feasible (7)
A three-letter verb meaning to nick or arrest inside an informal word for TV
28a Make money holding a scripture lesson in religious building (7)
A verb meaning to (legally) make new money, especially coins, around (holding) the A from the clue and a scripture lesson or some religious education
1d Hour in work provides excitement (6)
H(ou)R inside a verb meaning to work the land
2d Influence one legislator to do something (6)
I (one) followed by a member of the UK legislative body and a verb meaning to do something
3d Fancy celebrity books being taken into test! (10)
A four-letter word for a celebrity and a collection of books in the bible inside a test
5d Scientist makes a military alliance fret (9)
The A from the clue followed by a military alliance of which the UK is a member and another word for the sea fret – which made an appearance in a recent Saturday puzzle, I hope you remembered it!
8d Athenian character gets in some sort of metal (8)
The eponymous Shakespearian character from Athens inside a three-letter word meaning some
13d Shoot head gardener’s product (6,4)
Another word for a shoot which grows from the base of a plant and an informal word for the head
15d Build up English party address (9)
E(nglish) followed by the three-letter abbreviation for a political party and a verb meaning to address
20d Camping set (6)
Split as (2,4) this could mean camping
24d Stick salad starter on bill (4)
The initial letter (starter) of S[alad] followed by a colloquial word for word for the bill
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The Quick Crossword pun: purr+cushion=percussion – the puzzle has several examplesof this type of instrument; cymbal (symbol), kettle/snare drum, high-hat, triangle