Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2596 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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(you can probably pick it up later on the BBC iPlayer).
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 Plan withdrawal of US troops in retreat (6)
To get this plan, reverse Crosswordland’s usual American soldiers inside a retreat or hideaway
10a Performer on horseback in show (4,2)
Combine someone who performs a short act on stage and the expression that means on horseback to get a phrasal verb meaning to show or put in an appearance
22a Make a singular request and leave! (6)
A charade of to make a request or beseech and a singular number gives a command to leave (as an expression of annoyance)
25a Express negative response in article (6)
A double definition – to say something to express one’s disapproval and an article or thing
1d Gentle attempt to make a point in court (4,4)
A cryptic definition of tennis stroke where the ball lands close to the net immediately after clearing it
6d Cultivated plant in a bad soil in ancient citadel (9)
Put a cultivated plant between A (from the clue) and an anagram (bad) of SOIL to get an ancient citadel like the famous one in Athens
7d Boat put in water (6)
This small boat can also mean to put a boat in water for the first time
15d Precisely locate origin of pain within head (8)
A word meaning to precisely locate is a charade of the initial letter (origin) of Pain, a shorter word meaning within and a head(land) or promontory
21d Hostility surrounding second expedition (5)
Put hostility or loathing around S(econd) to get expedition or promptness
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