Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2587 (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 Old Italian family doctor joining one in Rome (6)
This old Italian family of bankers and merchants whose members effectively ruled Florence is a charade of a doctor and the Roman numeral for one
11a Makeshift set of a dozen put in box, in case (4)
These twelve good men (and women) decide on the verdict in a court case
21a Modern composer’s arrangement of bars using four notes (4)
This modern composer’s name is a) an arrangement of bars to hold a prisoner and b) an arrangement of four notes of the diatonic scale
25a Person in pool, perhaps, who executes key strokes without a break (6)
This person in an office pool presses keys on a keyboard for a living
1d Cause of fever bringing physicians to capital of SA (8)
This insect, responsible for spreading malaria, is a charade of some physicians and a South American capital city
5d Model taking Catherine’s place, under pressure (7)
This model of perfection is constructed by putting the home city of Catherine, Henry VIII’s first wife, after (under in a down clue) P(ressure)
I’m sure Ray T would have worked “Queen” and “Under Pressure” into the clue – cue a song!
9d Person whose work for someone else is bound to be finished (5-6)
This person, whose job it is to prepare material for someone else who is the named author, has their work bound into a book when it is finished
21d Plants put in front of court before start of play (5)
These plants with thick fleshy stems that store water, and leaves reduced to spines or scales, are a charade of C (front of Court) and the first section of a play (3,1)
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