Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2611 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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Today’s puzzle can be downloaded from the previous post.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the more difficult clues and provide hints for them.
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1a Preserving material to create a short piece of poetry (8)
This material used for preserving biological specimens is derived from a word meaning to create, A from the clue and a piece of poetry without its final E (short)
11a Girl’s payments, of a kind, covering old-time musical entertainment (12)
Start with the shortened form of a girl’s name and the ‘S then add methods of paying bills that are being phased out and finally insert O(ld) and T(ime) to get these clubs where music for dancing is provided by records
20a Drink passed around a camp on the veldt (6)
Put an alcoholic beverage, the one that is only fit to be drunk with curry, around A to get a camp on the South African veldt
26a Opposed to something it is added to (4)
This colloquial word meaning opposed to is, if split (1,3), something that IT(alian vermouth) could be added to
28a Fine man on board performing brain operations (8)
A charade of a word meaning fine or slender and a chessman gives a verb meaning performing brain operations
2d Quick wit aboard English vessel (3-5)
This quick wit is a charade of a two-letter word meaning aboard, E(nglish) and a seagoing vessel
3d Part of pop song about western fighter (12)
The section occurring two-thirds of the way through a conventionally structured pop song (6,5) is placed around W(estern) to get a fighter
8d Explanatory text a writer finally got into magazine (8)
This explanatory text in a book is derived by putting A from the clue and the final letter of writeR inside a type of magazine
17d Artist exhibited in opening Italian work of art (8)
Put the usual two-letter abbreviation of for an artist between an opening in the side of a ship and IT(alian) to get a work of art
25d Member of family I released from a group of soldiers (4)
To get this member of the family, drop (released) the I from A and a small group of soldiers
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Today it’s Happy Birthday to Edison Arantes do Nascimento aka Pelé (71)