Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2601 (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 Consumer group’s early round-table talks (5,9)
A cryptic definition of the early-morning meal consumed by a group who gather round a table to talk
17a Painstaking, albeit poetically imprecise (8)
A word meaning painstaking or meticulous is a charade of a poetic word for albeit or while and an adjective meaning imprecise or approximate
21a Disregarded ring lover foolishly accepted (10)
A word meaning disregarded or ignored is a charade of a ring-shaped letter, an anagram (foolishly) of LOVER and a word meaning accepted or agreed
26a Quartet, perhaps, whose moving performance can help after tragedy (9,5)
A cryptic definition of a group of people (four perhaps) who carry the wounded from the battleground (or the football pitch!)
1d Exercise in papers at university (5-2)
This gymnastic exercise is a charade of a collective word for the newspapers and the usual two-letter word meaning “at university”
2d Met expectations? (7,8)
… expectations issued by the Met Office
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17d Figure of speech about high-class theatrical company (6)
Put a figure of speech, properly one in which a word or expression is used in other than its literal sense, around the single-letter used to indicate upper-class to get a company of theatrical performers
19d It’s rewarding for author such as James, Henry or Lear, Edward (7)
This reward for the use of an author’s work could also describe James and Henry or Lear and Edward, and several others, collectively
23d Comrades turning up for strike (4)
Reverse (turning up) these comrades to get a verb meaning to strike with the hand
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