Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2570 (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 Bent over by fish that one plays – the biggest of its type (6,4)
A charade of being bent over and a fish gives the biggest musical instrument of its type
12a English author swallowing mixture of gin and tasteless liquid (8,5)
Put an English author around an anagram (mixture) of GIN to get this tasteless liquid
17a Person willing to get runs to finish off match at Oval (8)
This person who leaves a will is constructed from R(uns) preceded by an international cricket match, AT and O(val)
27a Observer is in English, yet news is somehow different (10)
This observer, who sees a something as it actually happens, is an anagram (somehow different) of E(nglish) YET NEWS IS
1d Setting up base on time is an obligation (4)
Take a word meaning a base or foundation, reverse it (setting up) and add T(ime) to get an obligation
4d Poet’s right out of place in competition for novelists (6)
To get this poet, a particular favourite of mine, take a well-known competition for novelists and move the R (Right out of place)
8d Behaviour of the kind that’s wasted energy, so restricting it (10)
My favourite clue in today’s puzzle – lift and separate the definition “behaviour of the kind” from the wordplay, an anagram (wasted) of ENERGY SO around (restricting) IT
18d Main courses? (7)
… or starters like prawn cocktail!
23d Positive starts from politicians leading us somewhere (4)
This word meaning positive comes from the initial letters (starts) of the last four words in the clue
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