Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2543 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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It shouldn’t take long to spot today’s theme! As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.
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8a US general giving computer to President (9)
This American general was Commander of Allied forces in the SW Pacific during the Second World War – to get his name combine an Apple computer with the US Vice-President who became President following the assassination of James Garfield
11a Day for celebration, like the 7th of January, 8th of February, and 3rd of May (3,6,2,4)
Work out which letter is indicated by the clue and apply the formula to the only other month containing that letter – presto, a day for celebration
26a Crazy person finally back in Texan city (5)
Put the last letter (finally) of back inside a Texan city, the scene of a siege in 1993, to get one of the spellings of a word meaning a deranged or eccentric person
27a Top US golfer demolished milk scone (9)
This name of the current U.S. Masters champion is an anagram of MILK SCONE
1d Drop out of old American university (4)
A word meaning to drop out is built up from O(ld) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
5d In non-U American way, help party with a supporter’s badge (2,1,5)
This phrase meaning to help is spelt, in the American way, without the “U” – a charade of a party, A and a badge or knot of ribbons that is given or worn as a mark of support
16d Clearing vehicle in US currently parking without haste outside (8)
The American spelling of a vehicle used for clearing roads in the winter is built up by putting a synonym for currently and P(arking) inside a word meaning without haste
25d American setting up king? No (4)
Strictly speaking a citizen of the New England States, or an inhabitant of the Northern United States, as opposed to the Southern, this term is used in the UK for any American – reverse K(ing) and a form of the word no.
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