Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2585 (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 Apple computer’s first operating system — slow, incomplete (7)
This large variety of cooking apple is constructed from the first letter of Computer, the abbreviation of Operating System and a word meaning slow or sluggish, without its final letter (incomplete)
10a In fairness, they’re just uncultivated areas (7)
My favourite clue in today’s puzzle – put these uncultivated areas after “just” to get a phrase meaning a deservedly unpleasant fate
17a Brought together, simplified for calculation (7,2)
A phrasal verb meaning brought together also means simplified a calculation by reducing the number of decimal places
28a Instructed group of workers against Communist (7)
A word meaning instructed or taught is a charade of a the abbreviation of a group of workers, a word meaning close against and one of Crosswordland’s Communists
1d It may forcefully open argument among Conservative lawyers (7)
A tool used to forcefully lever something open is created by sandwiching an argument between C(onservative) and lawyers collectively
6d Repeatedly street artist breaks rule — that finally does it (4,5)
Put the abbreviation for ST(reet) twice (repeatedly) and Crosswordland’s artist (2) inside a rule to get what finally breaks the camel’s back
16d One brought in to replace petitioner (9)
Put I (one) inside a word meaning to replace or oust to get a humble petitioner
24d It may orbit regularly and arrive on time (5)
A celestial body that orbits regularly is a charade of to arrive and T(ime)
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