Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2558 (Hints)
Hints and tips from 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 Maiden is suitable to pinch (14)
M(aiden) and IS precede a synonym for suitable to get a verb meaning to pinch or steal
22a After US resort, revised parts of voyage – they’re not long in Bermuda (7,4)
There appears to be a rare error from the Maestro here – an anagram (revised) of US RESORT is followed by parts of a journey to get a reference to Bermuda shorts, as long as you ignore an S in the anagram fodder
23a Beginning from two, ends in one or low digit (3)
The first letter (beginning) of Two and the ends in OnE give a digit on the lower part of the body
27a Flexible in one’s mind in relation to addition (14)
An excellent charade of synonyms for flexible and in one’s mind results in a word meaning additionally
1d Show of force – organized army to toil at it (8,6)
A show of force, like the one in Edinburgh every August, is an anagram (organized) of ARMY TO TOIL AT IT
5d Pathetic theatrical part I fit (8)
A word meaning pathetic is a charade of the part of a theatre occupied by the orchestra, I and a word meaning fit
8d Batting quietly under strain perhaps, in stubborn fashion (14)
Start with the word used to describe the player that is batting (before he gets out!) and then put a synonym for quietly after (under as this is a down clue) an anagram (perhaps) of STRAIN to get a word meaning in stubborn fashion
18d Anarchistic author penning essays, primarily (7)
A delightful all-in-one clue – an anagram (anarchistic) of AUTHOR is placed around (penning) the first letter (primarily) of Essays
25d Slowly take liquid hydrogen out of vessel (3)
A verb meaning to slowly take liquid is derived by removing (out) the chemical symbol for Hydrogen from a vessel
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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