Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27994 (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 Fish go to the bottom crossing lake (8)
A verb meaning to go to the bottom or sink around L(ake)
10a Stable studies article probing series of races (8)
An adjective meaning stable is derived from a verb meaning studies followed by the two-letter indefinite article inside a series of motorcycle races
13a Farrago, initially? (8,4)
This farrago or disordered mixture is made up of single letters (initials)
16a Small one replacing article in row elsewhere in store (8,4)
S(mall) followed by a row or argument in which the indefinite article is replaced by I one) and finally an adverb meaning elsewhere gives a verb meaning to store or hoard
19a Trick gained by one with clubs, after finesse (6)
I (one) and C(lubs) preceded by finesse or diplomacy
23a Pomade, perhaps — mention different types, initially (8)
This preparation, of which pomade is an example (perhaps), is derived from an anagram (different) of MENTION followed by the initial letter of T[ypes]
25a English bridge player following female showing the least (6)
E(nglish) and a four-letter bridge player preceded by F(emale)
26a Novel finish in my novel about love (8)
A three-letter finish followed by an anagram (novel) of IN MY around O (love) gives the title of a novel, better known as the title of the poem which includes the line “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever” but that wouldn’t suit the surface reading
2d Folly of girl touring North America (6)
A girl’s name around the abbreviation for North America
3d Enclosure covered in mud, though maiden not appearing to tip over (2-3)
A three-letter enclosure inside (covered in) [M]UD from which the M(aiden) has been dropped not appearing)
4d Anger after first of dogs is showing viral illness (9)
A six-letter word meaning anger preceded by the initial letter first) of D[ogs) and IS from the clue
7d On the move, coot is stalked by cat in film (9)
An anagram (on the move) of COOT followed by an affectionate word for a cat
14d Totally absorbed, warden playing entertaining piano in gym (9)
An anagram (playing) of WARDEN around P(iano) and a two-letter abbreviation for gym
17d Pop song with odd title, extremely bizarre (3,2,2)
An anagram (odd) of TITLE followed by the outer letters (extremely) of B[izarr]E
18d Husband leaving play for opera based on it (6)
Drop the H(usband) from the title of a play by Shakespeare to get the title of an opera by Verdi based on said play
22d Not all of Belloc? Umbrian shows relief (5)
Hidden (not all of) inside the clue gives, for example, a relief doctor
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The Quick Crossword pun: bok+sing+daze=Boxing Days