Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28036 (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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Some hints follow.
4a Some bits of cricket, fiery, went too far (8)
Some series of six balls in cricket are followed by an adjective meaning fiery
10a A liberal college head entertains jolly local dignitary (8)
The A from the clue and L(iberal) are followed by the head of a college around our usual naval jolly
12a Runs into Greek character with gun to bring into church (8)
R(uns) inside a character in the Greek alphabet and followed by a type of gun
13a Enjoyed touring North, then fell in farmyard tip (8)
A three-letter verb meaning enjoyed around N(orth) and followed by a fell or tor
21a Make mistake about every other letter of answer? You need this (6)
A mistake around the odd (every other) letters of A[n]S[w]E[r] gives what might be needed to correct the mistake
23a Ready for business (4,4)
A cryptic definition of the ready or money in a business
24a Cleese character, one around church (8)
Start with the first name of John Cleese’s character in Fawlty Towers, then add I (one) and the two-letter Latin abbreviation for about
26a Standard equipment for jousting in a manner of speaking (8)
A standard, typically a standard golf score, followed by a piece of equipment used in jousting
1d The yawl in storm is rolling (7)
This anagram (in storm) of THE YAWL gives an adjective meaning rolling in money
3d What to do with hair? Pass (6)
Split as (4,2) this pass could be what to do with one’s hair
4d It’s clear-cut what to do at start and finish of packing (4-3-4,4)
This expression meaning clear-cut describes what to do at start and finish of packing before going on holiday
5d Difficult old partner on stage (8)
A two-letter word meaning old or former followed by the stage as a profession
7d Queen entering cricket ground left protective cover (7)
Our Queen’s regnal cipher inside Surrey’s world-famous cricket ground and followed by L(eft)
15d Flamboyant Grant’s is Aquarius (4,4)
An anagram (flamboyant) of GRANT’S IS gives a twelfth part of the zodiac of which Aquarius is an (unindicated) example – it is usual to provide an indication, like “say” or a question mark, that a “definition by example” is being used
18d One investigates the method of passing oxygen in tight spot (7)
The chemical symbol for oxygen inside a tight spot or predicament
22d Work following South Pacific (5)
A verb meaning to work on the land follows S(outh)
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The Quick Crossword pun: span+dhow+Bali=Spandau Ballet