Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2544 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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For the second week running we have a topical 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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Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Friday, 16th July.
7a Team not great, to begin with, in game in South Africa (7)
To get this team put the initial letters (to begin with) Not Great inside an animal hunted as game in South Africa – get this one and you are up and running on today’s theme!
10a United embraced by supporter, innovative type (7)
… united like the Three Musketeers!
16a Elated, like 4 19 and their predecessors herein (2,3,2,3,5)
… the “predecessors herein” are 7a, 11a, 23a, 25a, 6d, 22d & 24d, a list which does not include 4d/19d!
25a Rival team that could make me angry (7)
… being pedantic, there is technically something missing from this as a theme answer – it’s an anagram (could make) of ME ANGRY
28a Evaluated and backed South Africa, for example, with editor (7)
To get this word meaning evaluated you need to reverse (backed) South Africa), add a synonym for “for example” and finish with the ED(itor)
1d Artistic Italian in Group E, oddly (8)
Probably the hardest of today’s clues, this leading painter of the Umbrian school (artistic Italian) is an anagram (oddly) of IN GROUP E
4d & 19d Final outcome expected this evening — and news story frantically absorbing one? (6,7)
This key clue is an anagram (frantically) of AND NEWS STORY around I (one)
14d Man on pitch not playing part of centre-forward (3)
… it wouldn’t be a Sunday puzzle without a hidden word!
26d Control football, getting some upset (4)
A word meaning to control a football is derived by reversing (upset, as this is a down clue) a synonym for some
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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