Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2573 (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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7a Reacted aggressively in end of letter the writer sent (8)
A verb meaning reacted aggressively is a charade of R (end of letteR), the writer of the puzzle (1) and sent, as in sent a letter
10a Wife put in grave situation when Richard was discontented? (6)
… in Shakespeare’s play Richard III
12a Composition of the year, a set of concertos (3,4,7)
In this double definition the parts of a year are also a set of concertos by 20a – and the theme of this puzzle
20a New arrangement for violin, to an avid composer (7,7)
An anagram (new arrangement) of VIOLIN TO AN AVID gives the full name of the composer of 12a
28a Test broadcast on TV channel for minister (3,5)
Put a test broadcast to try out a new programme after (it’s that wretched word on again) a TV channel to get a slang word for a clergyman
1d Car, note, missing second motorway (4)
This car is derived by dropping the second M (motorway) from a type of musical note
4d State north of Washington and New York (6)
This is already causing consternation! You are meant to think of Washington DC and New York as cities, but what you need is the state, not in the US, that borders both Washington and New York US states
18d Wanting a drink, son gets stuck into a lot of XXXX (7)
An adjective meaning wanting a drink is created by putting S(on) inside the number represented in Roman numerals by most of XXX(X)
26d Contradictory responses to request for peaceful retreat (4)
Combine a negative response (2) with a positive one (2) to get a peaceful retreat
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