Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28072 (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 Necklace material about right for a pound (6)
Material that could be used for a necklace around R(ight)
8a Give flattery that’s rather mild apparently (8)
This could be mean rather mild when a suffix is added to an adjective meaning mild or insipid
11a Follow order how to address Turkish governor? (4)
Split as (1,3) this could be how to address a Turkish governor
16a Subordinate to support scam (6,6)
A verb meaning to support or back followed by a scam or fraud
21a After last month, shortened king’s platform (4)
Not the business term for last month but the three-letter (shortened) version of the last month of the year followed by the abbreviation for K(ing)
23a What footballer may damage in match — put dressing around it (8)
A match or contest inside (put … around it) a type of medical dressing
24a Down South I ache going around (6)
This word meaning down or not in front is derived by putting S(outh) and I inside a verb meaning to ache or yearn
25a Secure accommodation for Arabs (6)
Two definitions – these Arabs are horses
1d A bicycle breaking down — and avoiding it (8)
An anagram (breaking down) of A BICYCLE – the “it” that is being avoided is sex
5d Continent brings slight change to a Saxon kingdom (7)
The A from the clue followed by a Saxon kingdom with the 4th and 5th letters swapped (slight change)
6d Stupid old man almost dead unfortunately (3-6)
Five of the six letters (almost) of the formal word for the old man followed by an anagram (unfortunately) of DEAD
9d Wessex writer to cancel penning a regular feature (5,6)
The surname of an author whose books were set in Wessex followed by a verb meaning to cancel around the A from the clue
14d Girl holding banal procedure before the end (4,5)
A young girl around an adjective meaning banal
15d Girl who’s marrying one of the Guards welcomes soldier in Spanish resort (8)
They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace and Christopher Robin went down with this friend, who is marrying one of the guards – put her name around a soldier insect
18d Transport French crew (7)
FR(ench) followed by the crew of, for example, one of the boats in the Boat Race
21d Get out of army march with first touch of biliousness (5)
A march or protest followed by the initial letter (first touch) of B[iliousness]
The Crossword Club is now open. I’ll be back at lunchtime after my monthly visit to the Village Café and Market.
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The Quick Crossword pun: sear+succour=seersucker