Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2588 (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 PM included in issue raised by a predecessor (4,3,7)
This late 18th and early 19th century Prime Minister followed in the footsteps of his father
10a South American bird that’s brown, alongside mature rook (7)
This South American bird, closely related to the bunting, is a charade of a shade of brown (3), a verb meaning to mature and R(ook)
11a Second with exactly what’s needed as instruction for boxer (3)
… this boxer is a dog!
15a A French duke embraced by US politician without being invited (8)
Start with the French indefinite and then put D(uke) inside the name of the current US Vice President to get a word meaning without being invited
27a Measures taken about dance competition for English teams (8,6)
Put two different length measures around a dance to get a competition for English soccer teams
1d Transmit piece of text put inside, possibly (4,8,2)
A phrase which could be interpreted as meaning to transmit a piece of text (the text being part of a paragraph) is actually a phrase for which to put inside prison is a definition-by-example, indicated by “possibly”
4d With sweetheart, ran (6)
This all-in-one is my clue-of-the-day – combine E (the middle letter / heart of swEet) and a verb meaning ran to get a word meaning ran away with one’s sweetheart
16d Endlessly he is at war, that hero of song (8)
Drop the final letters (endlessly) from H(e) I(s) A(t) WA(r) THA(t) to get the hero of a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
25d A soldier, for one, repeatedly used in man-to-man tussles (3)
This Crosswordland soldier is hidden not once but twice (repeatedly) inside the clue
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