Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2623 (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 Unfriendly daughter isn’t accepting thanks (7)
An adjective meaning unfriendly or reserved is derived from D(aughter) and ISN’T around (accepting) thanks
9a Wine goblet found in church by daughter of Oxford dean (7)
This wine goblet is a charade of CH(urch) and the name of the daughter of Henry Liddell, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, who was the inspiration for the famous books by Lewis Carroll
17a City played in London initially in 2009 (9)
Particularly tricky for solvers outside London, this Middle Eastern city is also the title of a critically acclaimed play that opened at the Royal Court theatre in 2009
28a Final instalment of pay, deserved and desired (7)
The final letter (instalment) of paY followed by a verb meaning deserved or merited gives a different verb meaning desired
1d Appropriate behaviour from Italian writer caught in snare, perhaps (7)
A word for appropriate behaviour or propriety of conduct is created when the Italian author of The Name of the Rose is placed (caught) inside a musical instrument of which the snare is an example (perhaps)
4d Time to study economist’s revolutionary form of punishment (9)
A charade of T(ime), a verb meaning to study literature and the surname of famous economist John Stuart (a perennial crossword favourite!) gives a form of punishment for which many pay good money to use at gymnasiums
20d Composer attacked by insects, crossing river (7)
I loved this one! – this English composer, conductor and pianist, one of the central figures of 20th century British classical music, is derived by putting a word meaning attacked by insects like mosquitos around (crossing) R(iver)
24d Kind of butterfly often found in list (5)
A double definition – a type of butterfly or the punctuation that usually separates items in a list
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