Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2639 (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 Least noble, as eclipsed by most noble (6)
This adjective meaning least noble is derived by putting AS inside (eclipsed)by an adjective meaning most noble
13a Musician has a life after bit of gaol time (7)
To get this musician put a two-letter word meaning has a life after a room in a gaol and then add T(ime)
20a Part of face — cheek or lip (5)
Three definitions that are really only two – a part of the face and another word meaning cheek, lip or impudence
28a Record producer shrink listened to (8)
This person that produces records of events under the years in which they happened sounds like a shrink or psychiatrist
29a Tell, for example, cunning ruler (6)
The enforced capitalisation of the first word in the clue hides the fact that the example is William Tell – to get a word that describes him combine an adjective meaning cunning with Her Majesty’s cypher
1d Open-air vocal music giving child good time at first (8)
This open-air avian music is built up from a male child and G(ood) preceded by a cockney slang word for time spent in prison
6d Move quickly in sea, slowly on land (5)
This verb meaning to move quickly in the sea or swimming pool also means to move slowly when on land
19d In hearing, a means of controlling charge (7)
What sounds like (in hearing) A and a means of controlling a horse is actually a verb meaning to bring someone before a court to answer a criminal charge
24d Animal arrived, then shortly left (5)
This animal that is suited to desert conditions is a charade of a verb meaning arrived and L(eft)
Today it’s Happy Birthday to Stevie Wonder (62)
The late great Ritchie Valens would have been 71 today – as it was he died in 1959 aged just 17 – RIP Ritchie