Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2614 (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 Worst place, best time for rest of travellers (3,4)
A charade of a word, famously used by John McEnroe to describe tennis umpire Ted James, that means the worst place (4) with the best or highest gives a time for travellers to rest of for Formula 1™ drivers to change tyres
9a Piano isn’t commonly carried in carriage (7)
Another way of expressing the musical term piano is created by putting the common or informal version of “isn’t” inside a one-horse hackney carriage
12a Who, for example, joins a certain slacker in colony? (5)
A charade of the title accorded the famous time-traveller and a word meaning “a” or “single” gives a certain slacker in a colony of bees
19a I.e., what to do when coach lacks power? (2,3)
This alternative for “i.e.” or “for example” describes, when split (3,2), what to do to a coach which lacks power
28a Some medicine for man on board (7)
Chess is not the only popular game played on a chequered board!
1d Flier good for advertising (7)
Take a seabird with a brightly coloured parrot-like beak and add G(ood) to get this advertising
4d Put tar on ship for wages (3-6)
A charade of a verb meaning to smear a wooden boat with tar and a vessel plying regularly between one port and another gives wages or the envelope containing them – both Chambers and the ODE gives the enumeration as (3,6)
14d Remarkable events contributing to catastrophe no men anticipated (9)
The second hidden word in today’s puzzle – did you spot the other one?
17d President and scholar who, by definition, became famous (7)
A double definition – take your pick from the 17 th or 36 th President of the USA for the first definition, the second one is the scholar who is noted particularly for his Dictionary of the English Language (1755)
24d Source of wool a shopping centre turned up (5)
This pack animal of the camel family, valued for its soft woolly fleece (source of wool), is created by reversing (turned up in a down clue) A from the clue and an American-style shopping centre
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