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 wes T
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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