Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27977 (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.
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1a Danger! Noun penned by this compiler genius (6)
N(oun) sandwiched between the first person objective pronoun (this compiler) and a genius
4a Damage reputation of space station in school (6)
The name of the Russian space station inside the abbreviation for SCH(ool)
8a Dull system of bank payments returned cover (8)
An adjective meaning dull and the system for the electronic processing of bank payments within the UK, both reversed (returned) gives a cover for a weapon
13a US president’s pay for working in area around Boston (12)
The name of a nineteenth century US president followed by the S from ‘S and a word meaning pay for working gives the area around Boston – that’s the UK town not the US city
16a King’s mistress engaged in making battlement (12)
The first name of a mistress of King Charles II inside (engaged in) a word meaning making
20a Pasta poor church creatures fed to sick clergyman coming round (10)
Put the church creatures from the simile “as poor as …” inside the reversal (coming round) of an adjective meaning sick and an abbreviated clergyman
22a Movies showing spies framing soldiers from the East (6)
The US organisation that employs spies around the reversal (from the East in an across clue) of a three-letter word for soldiers
25a Gambler improved (6)
Two very easy definitions
1d Central heating in 22 busted? One’ll fix it (8)
The abbreviation for Central Heating inside an anagram (busted) of the answer to 22 Across
2d VIP old boy under arrest (5)
The abbreviation for Old Boy preceded by (under in a down clue) a a colloquial verb meaning to arrest
5d Drink one needs to get over bird? On the contrary (7)
I (one) goes not over but, on the contrary, under a bird
6d Theatre company feel bad about show (9)
The three-letter abbreviated form of a theatre company followed by a verb meaning to feel bad about
14d Two coppers meeting topless smouldering things — they could be pickled (9)
Two instances of the chemical symbol for copper followed by some smouldering things without their initial letter (topless)
15d Bliss perhaps of calm river (8)
Sir Arthur was an example (perhaps) – a verb meaning to calm followed by R(iver)
18d Temptation to consume drug is for relaxation (7)
A four-letter temptation around the usual single-letter drug and the IS from the clue
21d A number enjoy computer stuff (5)
A three-letter a colloquial word for to enjoy followed by the two-letter abbreviation for “computer stuff”
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The Quick Crossword pun: eye+lev+white=Isle of Wight