Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2599 (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 Fruit grew with it (7)
This fruit is a charade of a verb meaning grew or got higher and a word meaning “with it”
11a English horse, mostly quiet type, like Black Beauty (9)
A charade of E(nglish), a small horse and most of a “wee, sleekit, couring, tim’rous beastie” results in a word meaning giving its name, like Black Beauty, to the title of a book
17a After my boss and I reorganised, is in a win-win situation (9)
After an anagram (reorganised) of MY BOSS and I put IS in to get a win-win situation or mutually beneficial partnership
28a Clobber bloke holding weapon (7)
This clobber or item of clothing is created by putting a bloke around a weapon
1d Notices I swerve all over the place (7)
Notices in a newspaper about plays, films or books are an anagram (all over the place) of I SWERVE
14d Criminal acts, for instance, including a lot of vile murder (4-5)
These criminal acts are created by putting the Latin abbreviation of “for instance” around (including) a lot of VIL(E) and a phrasal verb (2,2) meaning to murder
21d Having played successfully, there’ll be a catch in it (7)
A cryptic definition of where an angler puts his catch after successfully playing it
24d Instrument — one embraced by George Harrison, for one (5)
This Indian musical instrument, popularised by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, is created by putting I (one) inside a celebrity, like George Harrison for example
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Today it’s Happy Birthday to JK Rowling (46) and Evonne Goolagong (60)
and congratulations to John “Paul” Halpern on his marriage later today to Taline
(you may have noticed a number of themed puzzles this weekend – Biggles in Saturday’s Guardian and Anax in The Independent on Sunday, to name but two)