Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2595 (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 Line inserted in prophetic book ahead of time, virtually (6)
Put L(ine) inside a book of the Old Testament containing the prophecies of a minor Hebrew prophet and end with T(ime) to get a word meaning virtually or nearly
13a A bit of work, as goalkeeper finally put in save (7)
A passage selected from a book, opera, etc. is created by inserting (put in) the final letter of goalkeepeR into a preposition meaning save or leaving out
17a Tube option for Londoners, say? Underground trains travel below it (7,7)
What could be a tube or conduit for residents of London (or Birmingham, but not Glasgow or Cardiff) is actually a stretch of water below which trains can now travel
21a Part of journey on European river that contributes to correspondent’s expenses (7)
… reminder to Gnomethang – this river is in Italy not China!
27a Protection for head male learner had encounter with (6)
This protection for the head is a charade of the masculine third person pronoun, L(earner) and a word meaning had an encounter with
1d Despotic sovereign getting mad at a court (8)
A despotic sovereign is an anagram (getting mad) of AT A COURT
5d Whence money’s readily available for electricity bill? (7,7)
The place to keep money where it is readily available for paying bills, but not by cheque for much longer, could be interpreted as being the electricity bill
9d Tissue in calf hurts badly inside — take care of leg (8,6)
This tissue, the attachment of the soleus and gastrocnemius muscles of the calf of the leg to the heel-bone, is constructed from a verb meaning hurts with one meaning badly inserted both followed by a verb meaning to take care of and another name for the leg side in cricket
18d Something found on plane, say — permit for flier (7)
… the plane here is a type of tree
22d So-called fleecing operation that’s easily seen through (5)
What sounds like (so-called) a fleecing operation is an adjective meaning easily seen through or diaphanous
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