Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2561 (Hints)
Hints and tips from Big Dave
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Just as a leopard can’t change its spots, changing the name of the online site from CluedUp to Telegraph Puzzles hasn’t stopped stupid mistakes from creeping in. Today’s ScrewUp involves 9 across which, at the time of writing, is unnumbered on the grid and in the clues and can’t be entered online – you have to submit the puzzle with one clue incomplete. Perhaps puzzle_tester has been laid off because of the recession!
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 Repeatedly sail, say, for English port (8)
To sail over habitually and to say or utter are combined for an English port
13a Novel title brother briefly used for book (8)
An anagram (novel) of TITLE BRO(ther) gives the book of the opera
21a Avoid shower, showing character fault (8)
A charade of to avoid and to shower, maybe with rotten fruit, gives a word meaning showing a caracter falt
28a Ordered out, disrupting test in class (8)
Put an anagram (ordered) of OUT inside (disrupting) a test to get a class or seminar
2d Left with severe pain, become weak (8)
A charade of L(eft) and a severe pain gives a verb meaning to become weak and lose vitality
12d Obsessive hobbyist giving art up, in strange protest (12)
This obsessive hobbyist is built from ART reversed (up, as this is a down clue), IN and an anagram (strange) of PROTEST
16d Don’t complete Roman building job? That’s nothing special (8)
Split this answer as (4,1,3) and you won’t have laboured long enough to build Rome, according to the well-known saying – nothing special is the definition
25d Expel some of you students in serious trouble, also (4)
A word meaning to expel is hidden inside the clue not once but twice!
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 or alternative clues in your comment, else they may be censored!