Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2613 (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 more difficult clues and provide hints for them.
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1a Ultimately, stormy sea’s turned back fleet (6)
Take the final letter (ultimately) of stormY and a poetic word for the sea thenreverse the lot (turned back) to get an adjective meaning fleet or fast
14a Some sandwiches served that mate can finish on board (5)
… a puzzle from Virgilius wouldn’t be complete without a hidden answer!
25a Horses from West and East come to this woman’s centre (7)
Combine a a small horse of a hardy breed originally from North Africa (4) with the reversal (from the east) of one from a breed popular for its grace and speed (4), both sharing the same letter at the middle of this woman’s name
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26a Follow one side of serious conversation (5)
A word meaning to follow or pursue is created by taking one side or the other of SeriouS and adding a conversation
29a Approved book lady read, skipping odd bits (6)
This colloquial word meaning approved or authorized comes from the even letters (skipping odd bits) of three of the words in the clue
1d Take off in a couple of vehicles heading north on time (8)
A verb meaning to take off in mathematics is created by reversing (heading north) two different vehicles and putting each of them on T(ime)
3d Rejection as result of being caught out, for example (9)
This rejection is also a way of being given out in cricket (caught out, for example)
9d End of major war game that one may come across in London (8,6)
The battle that marked the end of the Napoleonic Wars followed by a card game gives a London landmark that can be used to cross the Thames
21d Please poet, holding up well (7)
A word meaning to please is created by putting a word meaning well or able reversed (up) inside the poet famous for his Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
24d Eastern state’s capital has also taken over south-eastern state (5)
The capital of a state in east Asia is derived by putting a word meaning also around the zip code for a state in the East Central areas of the USA – my geography is not that good, but I can’t see how this state could be described as being in the south east
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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