Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2594 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Prolixic
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As is unusual for the weekend prize crosswords, I (and not Big Dave) will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them. Big Dave’s is not suffering the excesses of yesterday’s Sloggers and Betters Midland’s 2 meeting but is having troubles with his laptop at the moment.
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1a Sails South to see how the land lies (7)
Put another word for sails (the material from which they are sometimes made) and an abbreviation for South to get a word meaning to see how the land lies (as in testing the public’a opinion).
15a Graduate’s university, say, making change about degrees (4,5)
A Latin phrase that describes the university a graduate attended comes from putting a word meaning change around an abbreviation (written twice) for a higher degree for which you may study after a BA (or pay £10 to receive if you went to Oxford or Cambridge).
23a Medics outside university with a parent giving theatrical version of events (9)
A word describing a TV programme that presents a real life story as a play or film comes from two different abbreviations for a doctor (medics) around the abbreviation for University followed by an A and a short word meaning mother (parent).
28a Ruin of the French city of Paris (7)
A word meaning ruin comes from the French for “of the” followed by the city with which Paris was associated in Greek history.
1d Calm down crazy fool of Conservative initially (4,3)
This phrase meaning calm down comes from the abbreviation for Conservative followed by an anagram (crazy) of “fool of”.
17d People that matter in the Doctor’s multinational medical group (4,3)
A phrase (the title of a book listing the names and backgrounds of people that matter) comes from TV’s favourite Doctor who travels time and space with an S (possessive case) and the abbreviation of a multinational medical group.
18d Dramatic situation in which a masked man wields blade (7)
A double definition of a place where you may see a drama and a place where surgeon replete with mask and scalpelmay perform operations.
24d Classic violin turning up in slow movements? On the contrary (5)
A word meaning the opposite (on the contrary) of slow movements comes from reversing (turning up) a make of classic violin.
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