Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2590 (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 Better wool — that could be what’ll keep you warm (3-5,6)
An anagram (could be) of BETTER WOOL THAT gives something that’ll keep you warm in bed
10a Put on with striker in another game (7)
Put a word meaning on or concerning with a striker used to light a fire to get a second game between the same opponents
17a Hateful person in dock, with ring-leader put inside (8)
To get a word meaning hateful start with the person in the dock (in a courtroom) and then insert (put inside) R (Ring-leader)
21a Passages inside one repeatedly set in haphazardly (10)
These passages inside the body are an anagram (haphazardly) of SET IN and SET IN (repeatedly)
26a Documenter of misdeeds ignored clanger, oddly (9,5)
The supernatural being that is supposed to keep a book in which every misdeed is logged against the doer is an anagram (oddly) of IGNORED CLANGER
1d Severe writer’s block is problem for setter (4,3)
A charade of a word meaning severe and a block of paper used by a writer gives a problem for a setter, and for other types of dog
6d Person without convictions? Yes and no (4-6)
A double definition – Yes: a person without convictions is someone who cynically or servilely suits his or her opinions to those in authority; No: a person with convictions is someone who is in prison doing porridge
8d Insincere, like the statement of one about to be shot? (6)
… by a photographer
16d Was monarch putting in son? Did abdicate (8)
Start with a verb meaning “was a monarch” and insert S(on) to get a verb meaning abdicated or stood down
20d Hold, using force of arms, naval commander (6)
This wrestling hold is named after a former naval commander
23d Overthrow accomplished, little corporal punishment was administered here (4)
Reverse (overthrow) a word meaning accomplished to get the first of two islands to which the Little Corporal was exiled – brilliant clue with excellent surface reading
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