Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2560 (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 (a few more than usual this week!).
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1a House redesigned in scale that’s not silly (14)
One of the Houses of Parliament followed by an anagram (redesigned) of IN SCALE gives a word that means not silly
12a Prattling away in happy band (10)
This word meaning prattling away is a charade of happy, as was Noel Coward’s Spirit, and a band
15a Make smaller number of spades, for example (8)
A word meaning to make smaller could also be a bid of six, or any other number from one to seven, spades
26a After one, late listening broadcast for highbrows (14)
After I (one) put an anagram (broadcast) LATE LISTENING to get these highbrows
1d Intimidate cast in accommodation not fit for pigs? (7)
A charade of synonyms for to intimidate and to cast gives this accommodation for different farm animals (not pigs)
7d One source of plastic originally in camera, say (8,7)
One source of plastic is the definition and you derive it from an anagram (originally) of IN CAMERA followed by a word meaning to say
16d Crazy over a girl recollected in old song (8)
A synonym for crazy is followed by ( in a down clue) over an anagram (recollected) A GIRL to get part-song for several voices, especially one of the Renaissance period, typically unaccompanied and arranged in elaborate counterpoint
23d Flair coming from France, or from Ireland (4)
This, originally French, word meaning flair is hidden inside the last word of the clue
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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