Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2604 (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 Intimidates daughter and other relatives (6)
This verb meaning intimidates is a charade of D(aughter) and some other female relatives
4a Was tail outstanding on fish? (8)
A verb meaning tailed someone is derived by putting outstanding, as in a debt, after a fish related to the herring
11a Man protecting little girl, in a manner of speaking (5)
The required capitalisation of “Man” is cleverly concealed by putting it at the beginning of the clue – put the abbreviation for Man that is found in the Irish Sea around the shortened version of a girl’s name to get a manner of speaking or mode of expression
14a It accommodates follower of golf on radio (5)
… in the NATO phonetic alphabet
29a China having plague ahead of time (3,3)
The china used for an evening meal is a charade of a verb meaning to plague or torment and T(ime)
1d Drunk joined him, emptied large bottle (8)
An anagram (drunk) of JOINED H(I)M without the middle letter of the second word (him emptied) gives a (very) large bottle with a short narrow neck and small handles at neck
2d Nervous, having been raised on high (7)
For those who had never heard the term for high or drunk last Friday – here it is again!
5d Goes crazy, as misbehaving fan does, perhaps (4,3,7)
A phrase meaning going crazy could describe what happens to a fan, the kind used to cool a room, that malfunctions
8d Spotted man in game starting with a couple of sixes (6)
This spotted man is used in a pub game – Tilsit is an aficionado!
17d Make clear space for fighters in boxing contest (5,3)
A phrasal verb meaning to make clear is created by putting a space for fighters (in a boxing contest) inside said boxing contest
24d Purpose in stunning finish for Japanese fighting (5)
Put a purpose or aim inside a stunning finish to a boxing match to get this form of Japanese fighting using swords of split bamboo
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