Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2549 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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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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1a Walk like our rulers (14)
A delightful double definition – walk for the benefit of one’s health and existing subject to fixed laws
14a Slight addition to injury that makes situation worse (6)
This slight or affront, when added to injury, forms a phrase meaning makes the situation worse
19a Part of whale bow of dinghy hit by accident (6)
Combine the lobe of a whale’s tail with the first letter (bow) of Dinghy to get a word meaning hit by accident – edged through the slips, perhaps
27a Wife and nipper, perhaps, awfully brash youngster (14)
W(ife) followed by an anagram (awfully) of NIPPER PERHAPS gives a brash youngster
1d Discovered doing something wrong, as acrobat might be (6,2,3,3)
A phrase that means discovered doing something wrong could describe part of an acrobat’s performance
2d Weapons inspectors turned up slightly odd clues in atomic centre (7)
The organisation that was represented in Iraq by weapons inspector Hans Blix is reversed (turned up) and followed by an anagram (slightly odd, as only a couple of letters are moved) of CLUES to get the centre of an atom
13d E.g. fine region within which a trip could be risky (7,4)
Combine something of which a fine is an example with a region to get the part of a football pitch where a trip could be risky
25d Propitiatory offering as usual way of doing things, initially (3)
A propitiatory offering spells out the initials of Standard Operating Procedure (usual way of doing things) – not an abbreviation that came readily to mind, but it is in Chambers
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