Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2533 – Hints
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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A few hints to get you started.
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7a Rome cuts perturbed one who’s infallible? (8)
An anagram, indicated by perturbed, of ROME CUTS gives you the person who is infallible or always right
11a Legal workers, as are Leo and ten others (8)
These legal workers, when split as (3,5) describe the other 11 signs of the zodiac (Leo and ten others)
12a Linguistic inconsistencies to hamper and harm poet? (5,9)
Expressions in which two or more figures of speech are incongruously joined (linguistic inconsistencies) are cleverly defined as two anagrams of the same word – TO HAMPER and HARM POET
20a Preserving chemical found in China clay, in short (6,8)
What a good day it is today! – it took me a while to realise that the formula (in short) for this familiar preserving chemical is hidden inside China clay
28a Unexpected benefit from collapse after blow (8)
An unexpected benefit, maybe some ripe apples, is a charade of a collapse following a blow, or current of air
1d Arrogant youth – a monarch, perhaps, lacking maturity (4)
To an arrogant youngster add A to get a stage in the development of, say, a monarch butterfly that comes between larva and yesterday’s 4 across
5d Insular group listened to these ancient rulers (8)
These ancient Egyptian rulers sound like (listened to) a group of islands north of the Shetlands
8d Football team, with time almost up, getting free (7)
Start with the abbreviated form of a successful football team from the Northwest and add most of TIM(E), reversed (up, as this is a down clue!,) to get a word meaning to free from slavery
13d Missing a term of Latin (2,8)
Missing, or while not present, as a Latin term, as in he was tried and convicted __ ________
26d Just operating legally, being extremely selective (4)
A word meaning just, in the sense of merely, is built up from a word meaning operating followed by the outside letters (being extremely selective) of legally
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