Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27971 (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.
3a Labour crushed on the left, as preliminary task (10)
Some labour preceded by (on the left) a word meaning crushed
8a Make beloved finish feature (6)
A verb meaning to finish followed by a facial feature
9a Elusive to describe it in translation on screen (8)
An adjective meaning elusive or understated around (to describe) IT
11a Help animal first (6)
An animal followed by what resembles a shortened version of first
14a Old form of radar in place of wireless? (13)
Split as (5,8) this could be the place where a wireless is found
23a Decorative carpeting with no name or cost (5,3)
An anagram (decorative) of CARPETI[N]G without the N(ame)
25a Instruction to get partially undressed? (6)
Split as (4,2) this could mean to get partially undressed
26a Releases sufficiently large promotional gambit (4,6)
Split as (5,5) this becomes a charade of a verb meaning releases and an adjective meaning sufficiently large
1d Photograph seaside landmark that could be more stylish (8)
A four-letter colloquial word for a photograph followed by a seaside landmark
3d Shopkeeper pronouncedly less refined (6)
Sounds like (pronouncedly) an adjective meaning less refined
4d Overthrow involves upset to welcoming American (4)
The reversal (upset in a down clue) of TO around (welcoming) an abbreviation for Ameriican
13d One underweight? Invigorating air needed (5)
ONE from the clue preceded by (under) the abbreviation for an avoirdupois weight
16d Advance in line (8)
IN from the clue followed by a line ironed into fabric
17d One tells of Scottish island going up over rocky height (8)
The reversal (going up in a down clue) of a Scottish island followed by a rocky height
21d Frozen dripping (6)
A rather weak cryptic definition of some frozen material that drips when the temperature increases
23d Stay for start of party (4)
A word meaning “for” followed by the initial letter (start) of P[arty]
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The Quick Crossword pun: peas+sand+cues=p’s and q’s