Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2619 (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 Substitutes put in for first or second leg at Christmas? (8,7)
I’m sure there must be more to this, but all I can see is a cryptic definition of small gifts given at Christmas
10a Courts in which a case is incomplete (5)
These central courtyards, typically rising through several stories and having glazed roofs, a constructed from A and most of (incomplete) a case in a courtroom
11a In quartet of players, one unknown is tough and strong (6)
Start with a quartet of bridge players, insert I (one) and then add a mathematical unknown to get an adjective meaning tough and strong
20a Triumphs this month he had, in practice (4,3,3)
A phrase meaning triumphs or gains victory is created by putting the abbreviation that represents the current month in business communications and the abbreviated form of “he had” inside a practice or method
30a Combination of 15 down, 19, and 23, perhaps, who followed 8 (3,5,4,3)
This group of people, who had the qualities of 15d, 19a and 23a, followed 8d to find their way at the first Christmas
1d Some children including good carols, for instance (5)
Put some male children around (including) G(ood) to get some carols
2d Newspaper, say, that often is stopped (5)
A double definition – a posh word for a newspaper and a musical instrument that has stops
4d Christmas verse taken from A Christmas Carol, say (4)
Another name for Christmas is derived by dropping V(erse) from a type of book of which A Christmas Carol is an example (say)
5d Liable to explode, but it’s for awfully short time (3,2,5)
This phrase meaning liable to explode comes from an anagram (awfully) of BUT IT’S FOR followed by the abbreviation (short) of T(ime)
15d Sensible thing to stuff into turkey (4)
A double definition – an adjective meaning sensible and something to stuff into a turkey
27d Second present many would like for Christmas (4)
A charade of S(econd) and a word meaning the present time gives what many would like to see at Christmas
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