Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2631 (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 Being non-judgmental, first of drawings is put in frame (14)
A word meaning being non-judgmental is created by inserting the initial letter (first) of D rawings and IS from the clue inside a verb meaning to frame or accuse
12a Final instruction on board for players there (7,4)
It took a few seconds before the penny dropped, making this my favourite of today’s clues – the final instruction given by the captain of a stricken vessel can be split as (1,4,2,4) to give a group of players on said vessel
14a Too old? Extremely — about fifty (6)
This word meaning too or excessively is derived from O(ld) and a word meaning extremely or greatly around the Roman numeral for fifty
27a Get composed and take revenge (6,3,5)
What could mean to agree on a musical composition is actually a phrase meaning to take revenge
1d Creative planning, having room for improvement? (8,6)
This creative planning could improve the décor in a room, usually at great cost!
5d Animal tormentors who usually avoid charges (8)
These tormentors of bulls usually avoid them charging (but not always!)
20d Prince’s friend starts in head office — nine to five, say (7)
This friend of the Prince of Denmark is derived from the initial letters of (starts in) H ead O ffice followed by another word for a proportion like (say) nine to five
25d Disapproval as short skirt’s made shorter (3)
This quiet exclamation of disapproval is derived by dropping the final letter (made shorter) from a ballerina’s short skirt
Today it’s Happy Birthday to Charley Pride (74)