Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2631 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the more difficult clues and provide hints for them.
Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.
Could new readers please read the Welcome post before asking questions about the site.
Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submission.
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 Drawings 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) Head Office 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)