Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2575 (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 Expertise is what can enhance a negative, we hear (4-3)
The definition is expertise – I have looked at a few explanations of the wordplay, none of which work for me. Perhaps you would like to have a go, but remember not to mention either of the words that make up the answer, or homophones thereof!
Prolixic’s suggestion: “Adding the three letter word in the answer to a negative gives a more emphatic form of denying something (hence enhance a negative). A homophone of the more emphatic negative is the word for expertise.”
12a Statement of approval head of BBC communicated on radio (5)
This statement of approval is a word used in radio communications for the letter B (head of BBC)
25a Lead, for example, English people interrupting service that gets cancelled (7)
Lead is an example of this – start with E(nglish) and then put people (3) inside a tennis service that has to be taken again
28a It isn’t commonly edited, cut, or spoilt (7)
A common way of saying “it is not” (‘5) is followed by ED (edited, cut) to give a word meaning spoilt
1d Thrill not present in scene in first act of play (4-3)
A charade of a thrill and a word meaning not present give the first act of play in a game such as football
3d Contents of shoe box that, in a word, produce a fuss (3-2)
Take the centre letters (contents) of shoe box that and string them together to get a fuss
20d Carrying of people in lots of coaches after I moved on time (7)
A word meaning carrying people is derived by taking lots of railway coaches, move the I to the end and add T(ime)
24d Doctor is in a part of Egypt (5)
An anagram (doctor) of IS IN A gives a part of Egypt
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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