Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2597 (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 In which one pursues mate without seeing any men (9,5)
This version of a game in which both players try to achieve mate is played without being able to look at the board
19a Persian king seizing power in divided island (6)
Start with a Persian king and then insert (seizing) P(ower) to get an island divided between Greece and Turkey
22a Evita Peron I backed, exchanging two letters — producing no effect (11)
Reverse (backed) the first three words and then swap the P and the R to get a word meaning producing no effect
27a Theoretician who doesn’t have to stand up for his opinions? (8,6)
A cryptic definition of a person who expresses his views, typically while watching television
1d Source of gratuitous advice from champion behind golf club (4-4,6) [given online as (9,6) until corrected]
This person freely offers advice to the one in control of a car – it’s a charade of a verb meaning to champion, the behind and a golf club
2d Young female patient swallowing drug that’s banned (7)
How you might describe a young female patient (3,3) is placed around the drug common in discos to get an adjective meaning banned or against the law
16d With lawyers, first of all, the answer is material (8)
A charade of the collective name for those people who are qualified to plead in a higher lawcourt, the first letter of All, THE from the clue and A(nswer) gives a fine woollen cloth
25d Piece of circular curve (3)
This piece of a circular curve is hidden in the clue
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Today it’s Happy Birthday to David Hasselhoff (59) and the Duchess of Cornwall (64)