Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2633 (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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5a Fool with strange device heading East (7)
A verb meaning to fool is derived from an anagram (strange) of DEVICE followed by the initial letter (heading) of East
11a Fool corruptly dealt with cop (8)
This uncommon name for a fool comes from an anagram (corruptly) of DEALT with COP
16a Time for silliness, unusually old as a folly (3,5,3)
The date which is the key to today’s puzzle is an anagram (unusually) of OLD AS A FOLLY
29a Fool, perhaps, moving South into wasteland (7)
Fool is an example (perhaps) of this dish – to get it put S(outh) inside a wasteland
1d Religious work I do (4)
This religious work is simply a charade of I from the clue and a verb meaning to do (or to 5 across!)
3d Two birds died in harbour area (8)
Combine two birds, the first is an alternate name for a black-and-white chattering bird and the second a small flightless South American bird, and add D(ied) to get this harbour area
18d Against a background of Land’s End, with poor visibility? (6)
An adverb meaning against a background is created by putting the final letter (End) of LanD inside poor visibility – where is the insertion indicator? Think of the poor visibility as a phrase (2,1,4) starting with “in”
27d Appearance made by one of the Romans, escorted by soldiers (4)
This appearance or manner is created by putting the Roman numeral for one inside (escorted by) some soldiers
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