Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28084 (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 Get rid of European predicament (6)
A verb meaning to get rid of followed by E(uropean)
12a Wretched chap with list of duties taking turn as supervisor (7)
A three-letter wretched chap followed by the reversal (taking turn) of a list of duties
13a One promoting health — of flower? (7)
Split as (2,5) this could be a health drunk to a particular flower proposed by this person
17a Licence for every letter head (14)
A three-letter word meaning for every followed by a letter and a headland
23a Take plunge, having kind of comfortable job with police force (7)
An adjective used to describe a comfortable job followed by the abbreviated form by which London’s police force is known
24a Tasteless stuff Venetian artist announced, crafty fellow (9)
What sounds like (announced) some tasteless or vulgar stuff and a Venetian artist
26a Does perhaps clothing indicate what’s fashionable? (8)
These does are female animals – put them around a verb meaning to indicate
27a Football club cancel tickets for enclosure (6)
This Scottish football club is hidden (for enclosure) inside the clue
1d The main view south on break touring Austria (8)
This view of the main comes from S(outh) followed by a break, as in a short holiday touring in Austria perhaps, around the IVR code for Austria
5d Dubious business practice like factions taking drugs (5-9)
A two-letter word meaning like followed by some factions and a verb meaning taking hallucinatory drugs
7d Fool, I eat less having nothing to replace energy (5)
The I from the clue followed by a verb meaning to eat less in which O (nothing) replaces E(nergy)
8d Make certain of being on river (6)
An obscure three-letter word meaning being or existence (when did you see it used other than in a crossword) followed by a river
15d Tom Bates messed about, holding a vessel (9)
An anagram (messed about) of TOM BATES around (holding) the A from the clue
18d Injuring old Lib-Dem leader after month in France (7)
The name by which former Lib-Dem leader Menzies Campbell was known (based on the Scottish pronunciation of Menzies) preceded by the French name for the fifth month of the year
20d Showed feelings being relegated, losing head (6)
A verb meaning relegated without (losing) its initial letter (head)
22d Plunders fortified wines (5)
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The Quick Crossword pun: shoal+dub+own=shoulder bone