Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2574 (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 Problem about English becoming advanced in electronics (2-4)
Put a problem or snag around E(nglish) to get advanced electronics
4a Traveller’s to use more accurate scales, we hear (8)
This traveller, when split as (3,5) sounds like (we hear) an instruction to use more accurate scales (5,6)
27a Drink that’s the opposite of 5, on paper (9)
An alcoholic drink is derived by putting the opposite of 5d after a daily newspaper
29a Impassive team-leader in firm (6)
A word meaning impassive or showing little emotion is created by putting T (Team-leader) inside a synonym for firm or hard
1d Important people host put out repeatedly (8)
These important people are an anagram (put out) of HOST + HOST (host repeatedly)
5d Frantically disperse insect above and below – that should make you feel better (14)
Start with an anagram (frantically) of DISPERSE and then put a worker insect above and below to get a drug that should make you feel better
7d Reading or writing European poetry? Just the opposite (7)
Reading and writing, along with arithmetic, are collectively regarded as starting with this letter – add E(uropean) and poetry to get a word meaning opposite
19d Disappear, going around part of Orient east of capital? Japan, perhaps (7)
Put a word meaning to disappear around R (part of Orient east, or to the right, of the capital O) to get something of which Japan is an example – my initial thought was that this was an across-clue construct, but the expression “east of” refers to the clue not the answer
24d However, discover disc this composer repeatedly contributes to (5)
Hidden, not once but twice (repeatedly), inside the clue is the name of a composer
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