Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2642 (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 Melancholy detective, without love (6)
To get this adjective meaning melancholy put the name of Colin Dexter’s famous detective around O (love)
4a Small piano I bring in, or other keyboard instrument (6)
String together S(mall)< P(iano) and I then add a verb meaning to bring in a catch and the result is a (different) keyboard instrument
16a Part of our capital that’s used to go to college, perhaps (6,6)
This road in the heart of London’s West End might be the way to get to a college in the city of dreaming spires
23a Spell of work crucial as way to get capital (5,3)
A charade of a spell of work and a word meaning crucial gives what needs to be pressed to turn a lower-case letter into a capital
25a Guest competitor who should do well in the long run (6)
This guest can also be a competitor who should do well in the long run, particularly with reference to a racehorse
1d Doctor getting nothing extra, on average (8)
Put a five-letter word for a doctor around (extra) O (nothing) and add a word meaning on or about to get an adjective meaning average
3d Help person taken advantage of in hearing (7)
This word for help or aid in distress sounds like (in hearing) someone who has been taken in – allegedly P. T. Barnum said there is one of the latter born every minute!
14d Company car? (9)
… big enough for those that go together to make company but not big enough for those that make a crowd!
17d One serving in uniform in base on isle (7)
To get this uniformed servant put a word for a base, of a pedestal for example, over an isle in the Irish Sea
21d Ruth introducing husband, with a few words (5)
Put a word meaning ruth or sorrow around H(usband) to get an adjective meaning with a few words or succinct
A few more hints when I get back from the Big Lunch, which is being held on the Village Green outside our bungalow (in the pouring rain!).
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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