Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27989 (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 Ruin simple mechanical part in kitchen appliance (10)
A four-letter verb meaning to ruin followed by a simple mechanical part
9a Mineral gunners kept in container (5)
The two-letter abbreviation for gunners in the army inside (kept in) a container
10a Fashionable French writer takes ship for northern city (9)
A charade of a two-letter word meaning fashionable or current followed by the surname of a French author and our usual ship
14a I will set down after nasty chap with current American car (8)
The abbreviation for “I will” preceded by (after) a nasty chap and followed by a type of electric current
17a Aquatic creatures returning fight around river (6)
The reversal (returning) of a fight (3,2) around R(iver)
21a Anne perhaps to deal with broadcast in a Scottish way (7,6)
The title of our Queen’s daughter followed by what sounds like (broadcast) a verb meaning to deal with
26a Flat race maybe failing to finish (4)
The type of occasion of which a race is an example (maybe) without its final letter (failing to finish)
27a Sewer of open water leading to mass anxiety (10)
A three-letter word for some open water followed by M(ass) and a word meaning anxiety
1d Obligation of first appearance leaving university (4)
Start with a first appearance and drop (leaving) the U(niversity)
2d Get rid of journalist that’s played violin badly (7)
A five-letter verb meaning to get rid of followed by our usual journalist
3d Speaking enthusiastically of disc with song Los Angeles rejected (6,7)
An out-dated word for a vinyl disc followed by a song and the reversal (rejected) of the abbreviation for Los Angeles
5d Presley with energy overwhelming island’s little folk (5)
Start with the first name of the King of Rock’n’Roll and insert E(nergy) instead of I(sland)
7d Churchman to talk at length about the Spanish (7)
A verb meaning to talk at length around the Spanish definite article
11d Getting back in control before declaration (13)
A four-letter control followed by a declaration
16d Raised issue that’s against the current (8)
A two-letter word meaning raised followed by a verb meaning to issue or flow
20d Set place to rest on lake (7)
A place for a child to rest followed by a Great Lake
23d Those in favour will give a positive response (4)
The A from the clue followed by a positive response
The Crossword Club is now open. I’ll be back after the Village Café and Market.
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The Quick Crossword pun: may+commends=make amends