Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27048 (Hints)
Big Dave's Saturday Crossword Club
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I am hoping to be able to move the website to a new server tonight, which should solve many of the recent performance problems. This will mean that the site will be unavailable for several hours while the data is moved and the server address is updated. This should start at about 9:00 pm tonight and be complete by early Sunday morning.
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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.
1a Obstacle for canoeists paddling initially in storms (6)
The initial letter of P[addling] inside a verb meaning storms or ransacks
4a Critical remark makes good chap flutter (8)
A good chap followed by a three-letter verb meaning to flutter, especially to flutter an eyelid
13a A shortage, unfortunately (5)
The A from the clue followed by a shortage
14a Oxford detective with not so much in bank, cruelly (13)
The surname of Kath's favourite Oxford detective and a word meaning not so much, all inside a verb meaning to bank or depend
21a French friend's entertaining at fiddle (5)
The French word for a friend around AT from the clue gives a make of violin (fiddle)
24a Armoured battleship can lord it endlessly at sea (4-4)
An anagram (at sea) of CAN LORD and I[t] without its final letter (endlessly)
25a International relief includes pence still owed (6)
International relief (2,3) around (includes) P(ence)
27a Bill losing head swallows unknown shellfish (6)
A bill or placard without (losing) its initial letter (head) around a mathematical unknown
1d Programme shown before about cultural material (6)
The type of programme without which channels like Dave would not exist cones from a prefix meaning about followed by some cultural material, which is a posh way of saying vegetable matter dug from a bog
3d Appropriate behaviour for environmentalist breaking into oil storage facility (7)
A three-letter environmentalist inside a facility used to store oil
5d Games played between drinks in fund-raising event (7,4)
An anagram (played) of GAMES between two three-letter alcoholic drinks gives a fund-raising event that should stay where it belongs, in North America – we use a slightly different term here in the UK, and North American usage should, ideally, be indicated in the clue (rant over!)
6d Relative to perform dance getting up in church (7)
This word meaning a relative or someone related by blood is derived from the reversal (getting up in a down clue) of a verb meaning to perform a specific dance inside one of the usual abbreviations for church
8d Keepers of birds gobbling first bit of nutrition (8)
Some birds (the setter has used an inclusion indicator that helps lead to the right birds) around (gobbling) the initial letter (first bit) of N[utritionh]
15d Small, with damn clean brickwork? (9)
Once the definition has been separated this charade of S(mall), a word meaning with and an interjection meaning damn is a lot easier
19d Childhood, as imagined (7)
Split as (2,5) this could mean as imagined
22d An attack of illness on the go (5)
Split as (1,4) this could be an attack of illness
The Crossword Club is now open. See you all when I get back from the Village Café and Market.
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The Quick Crossword pun: weal+metre+gain + (across the bottom) some+Sunni+day = We'll meet again, some sunny day Thanks to Robin for spotting the second line of the pun.