Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2638 (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 Source of report that won’t harm anyone (5,9)
Using this in a gun will produce a report but not fire a bullet!
9a Furniture that’s assembled in Number Ten (7)
… that’s Number Ten Downing Street
10a Someone who knows more than most how apples may be used, we hear (7)
This person within a certain organization has access to exclusive information – split as (2,5) it sounds like (we hear) that the information concerns how to make an alcoholic drink using apples
14a Design setting for ring (6)
This design or purpose could, if split (2,4), be the setting for a circus ring
22a People tending park crushed long piece of wood (6,5)
These people who tend a park or other recreational facility come from a charade of a word meaning crushed and a long piece of wood
27a Gambling device from casino near Med band itself extracted (3-5,6)
This gambling device is very cleverly hidden (extracted) from inside the clue
1d Expert on cause of ill-feeling — dreadful blog atrocities (14)
This expert on the causes of someone feeling ill is an anagram (dreadful) of BLOG ATROCITIES
4d Starts off in car at very important part of road system (6)
Drop the initial letters from (Starts off) three of the words in the clue to get a very important part of the road system
6d Conditions created by followers of her letters (3)
My favourite in today’s clues –to get these conditions start with HER and convert each letter into the following one
16d Quartet of players and person of 13 turning up in TV studio (8)
Start with the four bridge players and add the reversal (turning up in a down clue) of someone from 13 down to get a TV studio
21d Was police chief humming really badly? (6)
Split as (3,3), the head of a police department could have done this – but it’s actually an adjective meaning humming really badly or rotten
25d Seed used in recipe, appearing repeatedly? Just so (3)
This seed is hidden not once, not twice, but three times inside the clue
Today it’s Happy Birthday to George Clooney (50)