Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2554 (Hints)
Pieces of eight from Cap’n Dave
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Ahoy me hearties for today it be Talk Like a Pirate Day. Ye comments may be in Pirate or English, for one day only!
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.
Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.
Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published on Friday, 24th September.
1a One insect holding another back with little force (6)
Put one insect reversed inside another (neither of them are ants!) an you get a word meaning with little force or weakly
18a Bad person, one put inside, right? (8)
Put an anagram (bad) of PERSON around I (one) and add R(ight) – where’s the definition? – just read this all-in-one clue again
29a Attending critical trial to give evidence (6)
A charade of attending and a critical trial gives a word meaning to give evidence
1d Top-quality game with man on board (4-4)
A top-quality hotel rating is a charade of a game similar to squash played with the gloved hand and a sailor (man on board)
9d Canned music producers (6,3,5)
The definition here is canned, or drunk, and it’s rhyming slang involving two composers
21d One of the Tudors switching endless parts in tent (7)
Take a Tudor monarch – the daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon – drop the last letter from each part of her name, and then swap the order to get a large tent – far and away my favourite clue in today’s puzzle
24d Place for locking up old instrument (5)
A place where prisoners are locked up is followed by O(ld) to get a stringed instrument
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
As this is a Prize crossword, please don’t put whole or partial answers in your comment, else they may be censored!