Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2643 (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 It helps one digest second rich source covering comprehensive exam (5,9)
This organ that helps one digest is derived from S(econd) and a rich source of minerals around (covering) a phrase meaning comprehensive (3,2) and an exam
21a Smear in incredible English, very badly written (10)
Put a smear or small amount of something (3) inside a word meaning incredible and E(nglish) to get an adjective meaning very badly written
22a Something that shouldn’t be split, in short — old knowledge (4)
Start with “something that shouldn’t be split”, one of the best-known examples being “to boldly go”, then take the shortened form of the word, add O(ld) and the result is some knowledge
26a Warning signal coach’s backing activates, always, to inform learner in side (9,5)
This warning signal which is activated when a vehicle, such as a coach, is backing is constructed by putting a word meaning always, a verb meaning to inform and L(earner) inside a side (not the left!)
1d Think American pressure is splitting religious group (7)
A verb meaning to think or believe is created by putting the two-letter abbreviation for American and P(ressure) inside (splitting) a religious group
4d Standard article in French style (6)
A charade of a standard and the two-letter indefinite article gives a French style of architecture
7d Lacking reserve — good, however (15)
A charade of a phrase meaning lacking (3,4), a reserve (5,2) and G(ood) gives a word meaning however
23d Lesson to be drawn after opener’s dismissed in test (4)
Start with a lesson to be drawn then remove the initial letter (after opener’s dismissed) and the result is a spoken test
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