Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28060 (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.
1a Book about Russian ready to be awkward (11)
A large book around some Russian ready/money
7a Upstart hit back with place being unfinished (7)
The reversal (back) of a three-letter hit followed by most of (being unfinished) a place or location for a sports event, concert, etc.
10a Charlie‘s just the thing to snare fashion designer endlessly (5)
A two-letter word meaning “just the thing” around (to snare) most of the surname of a famous French fashion designer
14a Cut around edges of tile to make smaller (7)
An adjective meaning cut or cropped around the outer letters (edges) of T[il]E
15a Bad hands move slowly on board steamship (7)
These bad hands are untidy handwriting, and once you realise that it’s quite easy to put a verb meaning to move slowly inside (on board) our usual SteamShip
20a Sick of commander interrupting meal (3-6)
OF from the clue followed by a Commanding Officer inside (interrupting) some finely ground meal
22a Have a close shave as English exercise cut short (7)
This verb meaning to remove hair is derived from E(nglish) followed by most of (cut short) a form of exercise
24a Increase in support gives good basic training (11)
Split as (7,4) this could mean “gives good basic training”, but you are better off using the checking letters to derive the definition and then confirming the wordplay
1d Stations for period in India (7)
A period of time followed by IN from the clue and the letter represented by India in the NATO Phonetic alphabet
3d Black Country man, I’m brought up in fog (7)
I’M reversed (brought up in a down clue) inside a fog
5d Present politician money from church (9)
A verb meaning to present followed by a right-wing politician
7d Investigates squalid hotels as place to hide out (7,4)
Pedants like me will say that the enumeration of this hiding place for a Roman Catholic cleric during times of religious persecution should be (6’1,4) – a verb meaning investigates or snoops followed by an anagram (squalid) of HOTELS
16d Boring brief relationship after scripture lesson (7)
This type of boring is found in some firearms – do what is says on the can and put a brief relationship after a scripture lesson
17d Terrible investor runs out broke? (5,2)
An anagram (terrible) of INVESTO[R] without the R(uns)
19d Nervy about head of tribunal being unbiased (7)
Put an adjective meaning relating to the central nervous system around the initial letter (head) of T[ribunal]
21d Pivotal point of fishing expedition (5)
Hidden or lurking (of) inside the clue
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