Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2634 (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 Complain about partners being put under spell (7)
Put a slang verb meaning to complain around two bridge partners to get a verb meaning to put under spell
9a Excel in eminence in public work (7)
This verb meaning to excel is a charade of an adjective meaning public and a short word for a musical work
11a Multiple goals, perhaps, represented in kitsch art (3,6)
These sets of three goals are an anagram (re-presented) of KITSCH ART
15a Part of Ireland far away, going by air (9)
It’s a long way to this part of Ireland, according to the song (air)!
28a Man on board finishes off the repair quickly in colony (7)
Start with a man on the chessboard and then add the final letters (finishes) of three words in the clue to get a colony of birds
1d Order member to be concerned about right (7)
This member of a holy order is derived by putting a verb meaning to be concerned around R(ight)
3d Train from Waterloo heading North, crossing West End (5)
A verb meaning to train a pupil is derived by reversing (heading North) a battle like the one at Waterloo around (crossing) the final letter (end) of wesT
6d Calm, never flustered? Not so (9)
An adjective meaning calm is derived from an anagram (flustered) of NEVER followed by a word meaning not so much
16d Assigned task to catch up Dr Jekyll, for example? (4-5)
Reverse (up, in a down clue) an assigned task and a verb meaning to catch to get someone who, like (for example) Dr Jekyll has two “occupations” – a bit difficult to explain this one!
24d Band with little room, at first, for large instrument (5)
Put a letter shaped like a band after a little room, perhaps one occupied by a prisoner, to get a large stringed instrument
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