Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2629 (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 Child engaged in a piece of music (6)
A charade of a male child, a word meaning engaged in and the A from the clue gives a piece of music
12a Part of defence for second person breaking down (7)
Part of the defence of some football teams comes from S(econd) and a person breaking down in tears
13a Assemble around noon in Irish quarter (7)
Put a verb meaning to assemble around N(oon) to give a province in the south-west of the Republic of Ireland
25a Hits drive to one side, going left into grassy area (5)
A verb meaning hits the golf ball intentionally in such a way that it moves from one side to the other in the air is reversed (going left in an across clue) to give an expanse of short grass
27a Excel as risk-taker (6)
A double definition – a verb meaning to excel and someone who wagers money
1d Flatter piano used on TV serial (4-4)
This verb meaning to flatter is derived from the meaning of the musical term piano and a sentimental, melodramatic television serial
6d A couple of top brass, eccentric and kind of shy (7)
A person holding a senior commission in the army is repeated and followed by an eccentric to give a kind of shy found at the fairground
9d Old border lines are revised for state, going beyond what’s justified (14)
O(ld) followed by a border and an anagram (revised) of LINES ARE gives a verb meaning to make a statement that goes beyond what’s justified
16d Key inhabitant I defame (8)
Someone who inhabits a key is a charade of I from the clue and a verb meaning to defame
22d The writer invested in currency of one foreign country or another (5)
Put the first person objective pronoun (the writer) inside the currency of Japan to get a Middle Eastern country
Today it’s Happy Birthday to Patsy Kensit (44)