Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2621 (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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7a Problem with vision producing fall (8)
A double definition – an opaque condition of the lens of the eye and a waterfall
10a Resort in which completed film is set, we hear (6)
This resort on the Mediterranean coast of France sounds like (we hear) the containers into which completed films are stored
15a Card, not red, for striker (4)
A card from one of the suits, but not a red one, is also a weapon used for striking
17a Influenced to such an extent, did some work at last (5)
Split as (2,3) this could mean Influenced to such an extent but it does mean did some work on a shoe using a last
28a Supporters in camp set about covering operation in hospital (3-5)
These items support a tent and are created by putting a two-letter abbreviation for about around the abbreviation of OP(eration) and then putting all inside a hospital in Southwark, near London Bridge
1d Facts, at short notice, presented the wrong way (4)
To get these facts reverse (presented the wrong way) a charade of AT and the two-letter abbreviation of a notice
2d Some milk about to turn up as treat for kitten (6)
A charade of some milk that we used to be encouraged to drink every day and the single-letter abbreviation of about is reversed (turn up in a down clue) gives a plant of the mint family with a pungent smell attractive to cats (and kittens)
5d Show up at organisation as unorthodox leader (8)
A brilliant anagram (organisation) of SHOW UP AT gives a boxer who leads with the right hand as opposed to the more orthodox left
14d Do what you’re doing, as opposed to cutting fish (5)
What you are doing in order to find the answer to this clue is derived by putting the single-letter abbreviation of a word meaning opposed to inside an elliptical flatfish
22d Threaten to produce overflow in computer (6)
If a liquid in a container does this (3,3) it will threaten to produce an overflow but it is actually a portable computer
26d Prepare to swallow cold chop (4)
A verb meaning to prepare food in the mouth prior to swallowing it is a charade of C(old) and a verb meaning to chop
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Today it’s Happy Birthday to David Bowie (65) and Shirley Bassey (75)
It would also have been Elvis’s 77th Birthday, an opportunity I couldn’t let slip by!