Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2568 (Hints)
Hints and tips by 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 Piano I put in club converted by jazz singer — chance for all to relax (6,7)
To get the first word start with P(iano) and then put I inside an anagram (converted) of CLUB, the second word is the surname of a famous jazz singer, portrayed on film by Diana Ross, and the whole is a chance for all to relax, like tomorrow and Tuesday
16a Get as reward leading part of Abenazar in theatre (4)
A verb meaning to get as a reward is created by putting the initial letter (leading part) of Abenazar inside the abbreviated form of a theatre with a range of plays and a permanent company of actors
17a Exited right? On the contrary (4)
A word meaning exited is not right, but the opposite side!
26a What happens in sales, for example, gets GNP prophesies revised (8,5)
It’s easy to go on one of these during the January Sales – it’s an anagram (revised) of GNP PROPHESIES
1d Criticize big books I’m into for seasonal entertainments (10)
Start with a word meaning to criticize and follow it with some big books placed around I’M to get these seasonal entertainments
5d Smallest piggy allowed nothing within brood, mostly (6,3)
This smallest piggy went “Wee! Wee! Wee!” all the way home! – put a word meaning allowed and O (nothing) inside most of a brood (of pigs maybe)
11d Something put on tomb, say, to honour US patriot (4,6)
A charade of a word that sounds like (say) a cloth spread over a tomb and a verb meaning to honour gives a US patriot who rode from Boston to Lexington in 1775 to warn fellow American revolutionaries of the approach of British troops
22d Young hero (with start of 1 down) is safe (5)
The first three letters of 1 down are the second name of this eternally young hero – it’s also a name criminals use for a safe
23d What villains may get to drink, so to speak (4)
This is what the villains get in 1d – sounds like (so to speak) the kind of drinks that are the brought back to the UK after a “cruise” to Europe!
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