Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2630 (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 Kind and good in part of Africa (6)
This adjective meaning kind or gracious is created by putting G(ood) inside a country. Formerly known as Dahomey, in West Africa
8a Agricultural worker with fine upper body parts (4,4)
To get this agricultural worker start with F(ine) and then add two upper body parts
11a What comes first for dairymaid? Cows, perhaps (4)
Split the answer as (3,1) and it describes the initial letter (first) of D airymaid – but it’s actually a group of cows
12a Sign of disapproval about medic, so sad (6,4)
This sign of disapproval is created from a medic with a word meaning so around him (about) followed by an adjective meaning sad
22a Domestic equipment that’s naturally abhorred? (6)
This item of domestic equipment is, according to the saying, abhorred by nature
25a A trust broken in royal house (6)
An anagram (broken) OF A TRUST gives a royal house founded by Robert II of Scotland
1d Piece of jewellery couple hired (8)
This piece of jewellery is a charade of a couple (5) and a verb meaning hired
2d Wandering, yet sane as far as the Scots are concerned (5)
If this adjective meaning wandering is split (2,3) it could mean sane in Scotland
7d Quartet of players embracing the radio, initially, for broadcast (6)
Put all four (quartet) bridge players around the initial letters of T he R adio to get a verb meaning broadcast or scattered
18d He can stand for one, so can I, and so, from what we hear, can you (7)
The required capitalisation is cunningly concealed by being the first word in the clue, He, I and the letter that sounds like (from what we hear) you are all chemical symbols!
21d Light timber, using a block, hoisted (5)
This light timber, used for making model aircraft, is derived by reversing (hoisted) A from the clue and a block
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