Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2628 (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 Saw dog being restrained by lead (7)
A saw or adage is created by putting a name given to many dogs inside the chemical symbol for lead
10a Continent rejecting a loan, initially, for European state (7)
Start with an island country and continent of the southern hemisphere and drop the A from the clue and the initial letter of Loan and a short word meaning for to get a European country I always thought that the continent has an additional AS in the middle, but the ODE gives that as a region, not a continent, including New Zealand, New Guinea, and the neighbouring islands of the Pacific as well
11a Present with potential to get work, for what it’s worth (4,5)
This voucher that is often given as a present enables the recipient to purchase works of fiction and non-fiction
22a Composer extremely attached to his country (5)
This composer is a charade of a two-letter word meaning extremely and the abbreviation of his country
28a Form of energy involving carbon, as a rule (7)
Put an anagram (form) of ENERGY around (involving) the chemical symbol for Carbon to get rule by a person invested with interim authority on behalf of another
1d Job secure? Sack given peripatetic worker (7)
A charade of a job and a verb meaning to secure or obtain gives this sack used by a peripatetic worker to deliver the mail
6d It has pieces of information year after year, very little (4-5)
Start with the abbreviated form of “it has” and some pieces of information and add Y(ear) to each part to get an adjective meaning very little – like a teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini!
7d Artist put in much energy creating hotchpotch (7)
Put the usual artist between words meaning much and energy to get this hotchpotch
24d Major political movement including second member for a lark? (5)
This major shift in political opinion is a charade of S(econd) and member for a lark, or any other bird
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