Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2615 (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 Keep drawing attention to bottle (6)
When split as (4.2) this could be a phrase meaning to keep drawing attention to, but it is actually a large bottle in which alcohol, especially wine or cider, is sold
13a In East, socialist leader embraced by revolutionary such as Mao (7)
Put IN, E(ast) and S (initial / first letter of Socialist) inside Crosswordland’s favourite revolutionary to get the nationality of Mao Tse-tung
14a From team on key bus, inessential bad behaviour (6,8)
Step back and admire this cunningly hidden answer!
23a Thus part of West Africa joins a part of East Africa (7)
A charade of a two-letter word meaning thus, a country in West Africa and A from the clue gives a country in East Africa
27a Thatcher’s successor, one making critical comments? (6)
This person who covers the kind of roofs that came after thatched roofs could also be someone making critical comments
1d Oarsmen more or less a match for golfers (8)
A charade of a group of oarsmen (not and eight this time!) and a word meaning more or less gives a golf match played between two pairs of players, in which each pair plays only one ball, players taking alternate strokes
2d ‘e ain’t out in bars getting drunk (9)
Put an anagram (out) of E AIN’T inside a further anagram (getting drunk) of BARS to get someone who is positively not getting drunk
18d Skill of Michael Foot, otherwise one of his opponents (7)
The skill with which Michael Foot was endowed is a charade of a two-letter word meaning otherwise followed by a member of the Conservatives (1,4) i.e. one of his opponents
22d Where Columbus was delivered a sail (5)
The Italian city where Christopher Columbus was born (delivered) gives its name to a large jib which overlaps the mainsail
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