Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2586 (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 Subscribe a pound? That’s notable (6)
A charade of a verb meaning to subscribe or enlist with A and the abbreviation for a pound sterling gives an adjective meaning notable or important
4a Shows moving state of affairs, briefly, about employment (8)
These shows involving acrobats and clowns are created by putting the abbreviated form of a word meaning the state of one’s affairs (5) around employment or application
17a Fatted calf, say, present for festive occasion (8,6)
What could describe a calf, fatted or otherwise, being inserted into legwear is actually a present for a festive occasion
27a Showing effects of strain in fight with editor (6)
An adjective meaning showing the effects of strain is a charade of a fight with an ED(itor)
1d Wise behaviour, having extended account with financial centre (8)
This wise behaviour is a charade of an extended account or chronicle and the financial centre of London
5d Risk about article leading to bitterness about this volume (8,6)
Put a word meaning risk around the indefinite article, add words meaning bitterness and about or concerning and the result is a non-metric measure of volume
15d Quick movement, penning boy’s first name (9)
Put this swiftness of movement around (penning) B (Boy’s first) to get a name or allegedly famous person
22d Gripping part of hobby expert alone comprehends (5)
This part of a bird used for gripping is hidden inside the rest of the clue
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