Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2600 (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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5a Characters collectively gaining height on mountain with support (8)
A collection of characters is created by putting H(eight) after European mountain and following it with a word meaning to support or assist
12a Chemist, short of cash, began using computer (12)
The name of the founder of a well-known chain of chemist shops is followed by a colloquial word for being short of cash to give a verb meaning started a computer and put it into a state of readiness to be used
15a Frenchman or Englishwoman, so-called? (4)
The first name of many Frenchmen is more usually a woman’s name in English
26a Totally how the first answer goes, or all them, initially (4,1,2,1)
You need to solve 5a first, then this one follows on – thanks to Gnomethang for pointing out that this clue is telling you that each of the 26 answers starts with a different letter
1d In the course of card game, putting in pound (6)
A word meaning “in the course of” or during is created by putting a card game, similar to bridge, around a pound/ Livre
4d Wed heartless lady to a man (8)
Follow a word meaning to wed or join with a heartless L(ad)Y to get a word meaning “to a man” or “without exception”
20d Bad influence? Too right! (3,3)
A charade of words meaning bad or unwell and influence give an expression (1’2,3) meaning “too right!”, a response expressing wholehearted agreement
23d Mark’s replacement in amateur operatics (4)
The currency that replaced the German mark is hidden inside the last two words of the clue
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