Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27006 (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, which have been prepared with help from the Tantaluses (or should that be Tantali?) follow.
7a Discover pens an Anglican church paid for (8)
A four-letter verb meaning to discover around (pens) AN and typical Anglican church abbreviation
10a Came first, second or third and rested (6)
12a Where a koala’s likely to be in a fix (2,1,3,4)
Double definition, the first being gently cryptic
14a Men seen going west and east for winter festival (4)
Whichever way you look at it, reading from left to right (going east) or the reverse (going west) you get a man’s name – one of them is also the name of a winter festival
17a Man that offers a car lift (4)
A man’s name that is also a device used to lift a car
18a Maybe get out of first dress again? (6,4)
Double definition – the first is something that you might do while driving a car
20a Naughty kiss by ace before evening of entertainments (5-3)
An anagram (naughty) of KISS preceded by A(ce) and 3-letter word for before
24a Plant droop reversed with grafts (8)
The reversal of a 3-letter verb meaning to droop, followed by a word meaning grafts or labours – not a botanical plant!
1d Mentioned man’s incentive (6)
Sounds like (mentioned) a man’s name
3d Scholastic community needs an accountant, with media circling (8)
A (an) and a (Scottish) accountant an anagram (circling) of MEDIA
4d Slope away, being put off (6)
An intransitive verb meaning to slope away or incline is also a transitive verb meaning to put off, maybe until tomorrow, but usually a lot later
5d Gnu foolishly galloping in life-threatening traffic? (10)
An anagram (foolishly) of GNU followed by a synonym for galloping gives a type of trafficking or smuggling
15d Second winner (8)
Double definition (what a lot of these we have today!) – a verb meaning to second or support and a winner at the highest level
18d Ring will go after most of money in gaming room (6)
Most of a word for money followed by IN and an O (ring)
19d Make inquiries in Alabama or another state (6)
A verb meaning to make enquiries inside the old-fashioned abbreviation for Alabama
22d Work following credit being cut (4)
Crosswordland’s favorite (sic) abbreviations for CR(edit) concatenated with a musical work
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The Quick Crossword pun: looming+essence=luminescence