Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2566 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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If you are in the vicinity of Upton upon Severn, why not come along to the Charity Rugby match this afternoon, kick-off 2:30pm, when an Upton team will be taking on Evesham Vets (that’s veterans not veterinaries!) at The Sports Field, Old Street, Upton upon Severn, WR8 0HW.
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 Rotate one vegetable, so to speak, for another (6)
A charade of to rotate, I (one) and a letter that sounds like (so to speak) a vegetable gives a different vegetable
8a Move forwards with support of backs in game (8)
A superb cryptic definition of a game in which one player moves forward on the backs of others
16a Avoidance behaviour that is seen in South Essex town (4-8)
To get this avoidance behaviour put the full Latin expression for “that is” inside S(outh) and an Essex town – a small quibble with the enumeration, both Chambers and the ODE give this as (12)
25a A number of sailors in third-class accommodation (6)
A double definition – a song (number) sung by sailors and third-class accommodation
1d Article revised Rome’s established principles (8)
The definite article is followed by an anagram (revised) of ROME’S gives established principles
7d Religious faith is embraced by people opposed to us (6)
To get belief in the existence of God put IS inside the people who are not us
15d Poles switching places in ascent on railway – or descent (8)
Switch the poles in ASCENT and add R(ailwa)Y to get a word meaning descent or lineage
21d In West End, I am performing Shakespearean title role (5)
A charade of T (WesT End), the shortened for of “I am” and a word meaning performing gives a Shakespearean title role
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