Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2635 (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 One key diver sent back to find what’s mostly underwater (7)
Start with I (one) and a musical key and then add the reversal (sent back) of a diving bird to get something that is mostly underwater – and one of many clues linked to 28 across, today’s theme
14a Put in another appearance and denigrate chaps in speech (8)
A verb meaning to put into another appearance or camouflage sounds like (in speech), when split (3,5), denigrating some chaps
26a With aim of saving infant, behold signal (2,3,6)
This phrase meaning with the aim of saving someone is a charade of an infant (3), a phrasal verb meaning behold (4’1) and a signal
28a Craft in Leonardo’s picture, appropriately positioned here (7)
The craft which is the subject of today’s theme was featured in a picture starring Leonardo (and Kate), and finished up where this clue is in the grid
29a Wrongly tried me for fault (7)
An anagram (wrongly) of TRIED ME gives a fault or shortcoming
1d Origin of many emigrants wrecked liner ‘ad (7)
The country from which many have emigrated in the past comes from an anagram (wrecked) of LINER ‘AD
5d & 16a Journey, initially, taking servant and messenger long time (6,6)
This initial journey comes from a charade of a servant, a messenger and a long time
12d Start of ill-fated trip that has a saintly side? (11)
… the saintly side is a football team known as The Saints!
24d Zero mark, one of many 28 got (5)
A charade of O (zero) and a mark left by a wound gives one of many awarded to the Leonardo picture in 28 across
27d Wood topping off steering apparatus (3)
This wood is derived by dropping the initial letter from (topping off) a steering apparatus
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