Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28090 (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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Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Where the hint describes a construct as “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.
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Some hints follow.
1a Get ready to fight in fair at university (6,2)
An adjective meaning fair or above-board followed by the usual two-letter word meaning at university
6a Fifty visiting class mansion, imposing (6)
Put the Roman numeral for fifty inside a social class amongst Hindus in India to get a word that can mean an imposing country mansion
11a Elected one-time whistle-blower (8)
A two-letter word meaning elected followed by an adjective meaning one-time or previous
13a Ride, being happy to travel from place to place (5-2-5)
This fairground ride is derived from an adjective meaning happy and a phrasal verb meaning to travel from place to place
19a Boy has secured trophy? That’s right (4-2)
A male child around (has secured) a colloquial word for a trophy
23a Extra extra in addition (8)
A charade of two words meaning extra gives one meaning in addition or as well
24a Caption, for example, printed in advance (6)
The Latin abbreviation of “for example” inside a verb meaning to advance money
26a Paper in stand is last in Japanese (8)
To stand, as in to stand a round of drinks, followed by IS from the clue and the final letter (last) in [Japanes]E
2d Attractively unusual one described by fashion designer (6)
I (one) inside (described by) the surname of a sixties fashion designer
3d In the morning I depart, leaving friend (5)
The two-letter word for morning followed by I from the clue and a verb meaning to depart
4d Short male in abridged Harper Lee novel (9)
Easy one you realise you are not looking for a short male – put M(ale) inside an anagram (novel) of HARPE[r] without its final letter (short) and LEE
7d Resign from partnership losing money (5,4)
A partnership, particularly between two batsmen in cricket, followed by an adjective meaning losing money
14d Without thinking, I slump unsteadily in one (2,7)
An anagram (unsteadily) of I SLUMP inside ONE
15d Unexpected exit, perhaps, being cross with role getting sent up (8)
A type of cross and a role in a play or film, all reversed (getting sent up in a down clue)
20d When pigs fly in one vertically (5)
Hidden (in) inside the clue
22d Vision of number wanting different leader (5)
Start with a cardinal number and change (wanting different) its initial letter (leader)
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The Quick Crossword pun: dire+seize=diocese