Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2646 (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 Collected crops, first removed from landing-stages ahead of time (7)
These crops which have been gathered are derived from some landing stages without their initial W (first removed) followed by T(ime)
11a Like records kept about king’s main opponent (4-5)
Put an adjective meaning like records kept around the Latin abbreviation for king to get one’s main opponent, in Batman’s case it was The Penguin
13a Start off without a meal (5)
Take a verb meaning to start off a campaign and drop the A to get a meal, but not a free one!
22a Problem with cereal crop — hence end of wheat? (5)
To get this problem with a cereal crop the Latin term meaning hence or therefore is followed by the final letter (end) of wheaT
25a A writer’s attribute (7)
The A from the clue is followed by an archaic word for a writer to get a verb meaning to attribute
28a Hold up or turn us back before pass (7)
To get this verb meaning to hold up or postpone start with US reversed (back) and add a verb meaning to pass time
1d Piece of luggage, dilapidated, found in entrance (7)
A piece of luggage is created by putting a three-letter word meaning dilapidated or ancient inside an entrance room
2d River crossed by burning boats? (7)
Crossing this river, as Julius Caesar did in 49 BC, means passing the point of no return, or burning one’s boats
6d Part in theatre? Yes, had own kind of make-up (9)
… a signature hidden word – Virgilius is still the master!
8d Drive around separate area of UK to do ongoing checks (7)
… it’s great to see the correct use of UK, the inserted area is not part of GB but is part of UK
14d Man’s right to get free hamper (9)
A well concealed anagram (to get free) of MAN’S RIGHT gives a verb meaning to hamper
17d Island ultimately seized by order of Reagan (7)
Brilliant surface reading for this island that was invaded on the order of President Reagan – the final letter (ultimately) of islanD inside (seized by) an anagram (order of) of REAGAN
20d Outstanding piece of spinning, perhaps? Exactly (7)
… the “piece of spinning” refers to spin bowling in cricket
23d Journalists from Washington, originally, shortly heading south (5)
To get these journalists, start with (originally) the abbreviation (shortly) of the title (heading) accorded to George Washington and add S(outh)
24d Character flaws of leaders in the younger part of society (5)
These character flaws or slips come from the initial letters (leaders) of five words in the clue
A few bonus hints this week, but if you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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