Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28030 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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Back to normal this Saturday after the hectic, but very enjoyable, Birthday Bash last week. It was great to see all those that turned up, especially first-timers like Jane, Rabbit Dave and Riggles.
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.
1a Timer almost jammed, causing alert (8)
A timer followed by most of a four-letter word meaning jammed or packed
10a Woman formerly seen around hospital floor covering right leg (6)
A floor covering followed by R(ight) and another word for the leg side in cricket
12a Criminal, evil one goes to city having forsaken east end (7)
A three-letter word meaning evil followed by I (one) and CIT[Y] without its rightmost (east end) letter
13a Champion who opens Olympics? (11)
16a Take note of this: scores must embrace I say! (4,2,5)
some scores or points around (must embrace) an expression (2,4) meaning “I say!”
22a Tax returns earn free accommodation in Greece (7)
The reversal of a sales tax is followed by an anagram (free) of EARN
25a Attack unexpectedly and get going (4,2)
Two definitions – attack unexpectedly and to get going or arouse
26a What a surprise — both sides fit (4,4)
Both sides of this expression are the same word meaning fit or healthy
1d Cautious about Catholic slogan (3,3)
An adjective meaning cautious around the two-letter abbreviation for a Catholic
4d Low plants develop during thunder burst (11)
A verb meaning to develop inside (during( an anagram (burst) of THUNDER
8d Kind of policy that’s unlikely to appeal to schoolchildren (4-4)
This type of policy would be unlikely to appeal to schoolchildren as it would mean more school and less holiday!
12d One is late paying this tax (11)
Someone must be dead (late) before this tax is paid – by the heirs, not the deceased!
14d Discover second donkey in the open air (5,3)
A charade of S(econd), a four-letter slang word for a donkey and a word meaning in the open air
17d Various trams circuiting east — ring for conductor (7)
An anagram (various) of TRAMS around (circuiting) E(ast) and followed by the ring-shaped letter
19d Group of trees, old inside and hollow (6)
A group of trees around (inside) O(ld)
20d Young woman raised south of Virginia as servant (6)
The reversal (raised in a down clue) of a young woman is preceded by (south of in a down clue) the abbreviation for V(irgini)A
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The Quick Crossword pun: suck+cess+full=successful