Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28078 (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 Negligent hit-and-run (8)
A hit and a run – what more is there to say?
9a Food fieldfare split? (6)
To get the definition, split the second word as field fare, which describes where this food is often eaten
10a US soldier with witticism about maiden — tacky (8)
A US soldier and a witticism around M(aiden)
12a Death of half followed by a quarter? (6)
A word meaning half followed by a compass quarter
16a One’s held in castle after managing or attempting to escape (7,3,2)
I (one) inside a four-letter castle all after a verb meaning managing
21a A continental argument’s set back your outdated inferior (8)
A continental indefinite article followed by the reversal (set back) of a three-letter argument and an archaic form of your
24a Arctic triumph, first attempt (6)
Start with (first) a triumph and then add an attempt
26a Solitary revolutionary monarchist (8)
An anagram (revolutionary) of SOLITARY
2d Not well stored for future use (4,2)
3d Violet turns up unknown photo (5)
A mathematical unknown and a photo, all reversed
5d Greeting girl’s reported — this should keep things clean? (7)
The first two letters sound like (reported) a greeting and the rest sound like a girl’s name
8d Pointing one’s finger at a cricket club — exhausting (8)
The A from the clue followed by the abbreviation for C(ricket) C(lub) and a verb meaning exhausting
13d Long drink containing very soft fruit (9)
A verb meaning to long or yearn followed by an alcoholic drink around the musical notation for very soft
14d Disposable shed found on a street? (9)
A verb meaning to shed or cast off followed by the A from the clue and a street or road
18d Refrain needs 100 hours for new arrangement (6)
The Roman numeral for 100 followed by an anagram (for new arrangement) of HOURS
22d Learn dances relating to a type of organ (5)
An anagram (dances) of LEARN gives an adjective meaning relating to a type of organ of the body
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The Quick Crossword pun: jack+art+err=Jakarta