Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2645 (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 British settle historical Irish problem (6)
Combine B(ritish) with a verb meaning to settle or land to get this historical Irish problem which affects the potato crop
4a Former partner, told of blame, losing head throughout (3,5)
to get this former partner drop the initial letters (losing head throughout) from three words in the clue
13a Zero silt spread around river — that allows flow under bridge (7)
Start with a two-letter word for zero and then add an anagram (spread) of silt around R(iver) to get a feature of the face cryptically defined as that which allows flow under bridge
15a Dismissal is touching and poignant (8)
To get this dismissal combine a two-letter word meaning touching or concerned with and an adjective meaning poignant
23a He, symbolically, is what gets it off the ground (7)
A cryptic definition of a craft which uses the gas with chemical symbol He
29a Doctor involved in many cases erasing hospital from schedule? (6)
This fictional Doctor was assisted in the solving of many cases – to get his surname start with a schedule (4’1,2) and drop the H(ospital)
1d Shoot a troublesome person in European city (8)
A charade of a shoot on a plant, the A from the clue and a troublesome person gives this European city
5d People from south of US caught, trapped by weird Martian aliens (5,9)
These people, mostly from the south of the US, are derived by putting C(aught) inside (trapped by) an anagram (weird) of MARTIAN ALIENS
9d They support lines in paper followed by some Europeans (9,5)
The definition here is “they support lines” –a newspaper is followed by some Europeans
19d Name of woman I got into male golf club (7)
… the name of the most famous golf club in the world must be expanded as (1,3,1)
22d Standard academic is what? (6)
I loved this one! – a charade of a standard and an academic gives an interjection that means “what did you say”
24d Quickly move married quarters for women (5)
Start with a verb meaning to move quickly and add M(arried) to get these quarters for women in a Muslim house
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