Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27983 (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 Noble champion? (5-6)
A nobleman could be described thus, a boxing champion certainly is
8a Callas working on aria’s ending in opera house (2,5)
An anagram (working) of CALLAS followed by the final letter (ending) of [ari]A
11a Get rid of last of cattle spread out round Cape (9)
The final letter (last) of [cattl]E followed by a verb meaning to spread out around C(ape)
12a Latest to pick out popular nightclub? (7)
An adjective meaning latest or current followed by a verb meaning to pick out or discern
15a Trade ban: almost board ship and depart (7)
Most of a verb meaning to board a ship followed by a two-letter verb meaning depart
21a Mark‘s short visit home (5)
A visit without its final letter (short) followed by the usual two-letter word for home
22a Muscle seen from both sides (7)
… because the answer is a palindrome
24a Good-time girl from Malaya? Print blurred (5,6)
An anagram (blurred) of MALAYA PRINT
1d Movement in broadcast millions missed (7)
Drop (missed) the M(illions) from a verb meaning to broadcast a radio or television program
3d High point of achievement of the first lady and others (7)
The world’s first lady, according to the bible, followed by a word meaning the others
4d Taking vacation, small number lacking energy to go to desert (2,5)
Drop (lacking) the E(nergy) from a small cardinal number and the add a verb meaning to desert or depart
9d Defoliant spy ring dropped on field (5,6)
A charade of a spy like James Bond, the ring shaped letter and a field or extent
13d Border safe? Gulf ruler turns up, being welcomed in (9)
Criminal jargon for a safe around (being welcomed in) the reversal (turns up in a down clue) of ruler in the Persian Gulf
16d Marilyn Monroe film kiss — high point (3,4)
A verb meaning to kiss followed by a high point – as well as seeing the film I also saw a stage production which emphatically proved that Jerry Hall is not in the same league as Marilyn Monroe
18d Animal smell, not pleasant, over area in pub (7)
In this context the definition is an adjective – put an unpleasant small and A(rea) inside a pub
21d Small and friendly crowd (5)
S(mall) followed by an adjective meaning friendly or affectionate
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The Quick Crossword pun: panda+wring=pandering