Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2603 (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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7a Change layout in store for material (8)
A word meaning to change a layout is hidden inside the last three words of the clue
9a One kind of leader who takes responsibility for another (6)
The leader of a newspaper team who is also responsible for writing the leader or leading article
5a Express disapproval of Charles’s conclusion (4)
A word meaning to express disapproval is a charade of the third person male possessive pronoun and the final letter (conclusion) of Charles
17a Strange thing to say repeatedly when tucking child in (5)
… a very clever way of defining an anagram (strange) of THING
28a Military commanders giving ground after unprepared retreats (8)
These aggressive regional military commanders are derived by putting a famous cricket ground after a word meaning unprepared is reversed (retreats)
1d Tears small page (4)
A word meaning to shed tears is a charade of a Scottish word for small and P(age)
3d Largest of four states divided equally by North-South line (4)
This is very clever and took me a while to work out – there are four US states which contain only letters which are symmetrical about a North-South line: HAWAII, IOWA, OHIO and this one, which is the largest of the four
8d President’s daughter housed in France (7)
This former US President is created by putting D(aughter) inside the French for house
22d Republicans taking everything in race (6)
Put the abbreviation of the nickname of the Republican party in the United States around a word meaning everything to get a word meaning to race, typically applied to a horse
26d Some original characters from Colin Dexter, such as Morse (4)
The first two letters (some original characters) of both Colin and Dexter give something of which Morse is an example – next Sunday I am going to a talk by Colin Dexter and Tim Moorey entitled “An Afternoon with Morse and Mephisto” – this event is now fully booked
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Today it’s Happy Birthday to LeAnn Rimes (29), Shania Twain (46) and David Soul (68)