Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2550 (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 British staff holding space for charming female’s transport (10)
Put B(ritish) and a staff around some space to get the mode of transport favoured by women who cast spells
14a Defensive cover for injury time at West ‘am? (6)
If you split this defensive cover as (3,3) and add the letter traditionally dropped by people from West ‘am to the start of each part, you get injury and a unit of time
19a Yellow – that is to say, a primary colour (6)
A word meaning yellow or cowardly is built up from the abbreviation for the Latin term scilicet (namely / that is to say) followed by A and a primary colour
27a US city a long way away from this state (10)
This US city is on the East coast and the state of the same name on the West coast
1d Attempt to impact party (4)
A double triple definition – an attempt, to make an impact and a party
8d Certain degrees, in short, represented in this (10)
An anagram (re-presented) of CERTAIN DEG(rees) gives a scale that uses degreees
23d Design aircraft without tail (4)
A design comes from dropping the last letter from an aircraft
Sorry I’m a bit late today – busy weekend!
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