Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2598 (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 A rash paper upset state, in other words (10)
It’s always nice to have an anagram to start off – upset state indicates that A RASH PAPER needs to be reorganised to get a verb meaning to put in other words
6a Drivers aim to avoid this horse-drawn vehicle (4)
A double definition; golfers aim to avoid finishing in this when driving and a horse-drawn vehicle
15a A part of our navy engaged in carrying soldiers and resources for war (8)
Combine A, from the clue, a part of the navy (2) and a word meaning engaged in (2) and put them around some soldiers to get some resources for fighting a war
22a Opening statement for meeting after PM arrives (4,9)
What one says when meeting someone after the start of pm, as opposed to am
27a In middle of a decade, second time it’s extremely dry (10)
Start with a particular decade and then insert S(econd) and add T(ime) to get an adjective meaning extremely dry or parched
1d Perform song with piano as form of entertainment (4)
There are three parts to this clue: a verb meaning to perform, a song preceded by P(iano) and a form of entertainment
3d Under pressure, foolishly arrest action, hence delay (13)
After (under in a down clue) P(ressure) put an anagram (foolishly) of ARREST ACTION to get the thief of time
8d One who takes the lead, initially (with due respect to me?) (10)
A runner who takes the lead at the start of a race is a charade of a Latin word meaning with due respect to and me, as in the compiler of this puzzle
20d Not too hard to defend with one incompetent in football team? (7)
An adjective meaning capable of being defended, if split (3,4) describes those in a football team excluding one who is incompetent
23d Jester hiding king’s document from court (4)
Start with a jester and then insert the abbreviation of the Latin for king to get a court document
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