Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2648 (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 Study carefully for each application (6)
This verb meaning to study carefully comes from a charade of a preposition meaning for each and an application
8a Pieces of cake for girls in organisation (8)
A double definition – some pieces of chewy chocolate cake and young girl guides
12a What might produce page mostly similar? (10)
The act of presenting ideas similar to someone else’s as one’s own comes from an anagram (might produce) of PAG(E) (page mostly) and SIMILAR
13a Appropriate setting for ‘all the world’s a stage’ (5,7)
A cryptic definition of the famous London venue for Shakespeare’s plays
21a Ursa Minor astronomer’s first seen in tropical island (4)
Combine a little bear (Ursa Minor) with the initial letter (first) of Astronomer to get a tropical island
22a Run unimpeded by a stitch (6)
… like Erica Roe!
25a A deadly sin done! (6)
Combine the A from the clue with one of the seven deadly sins to get an interjection meaning done or OK
1d Piano or piece of furniture easy to replace? (8)
A charade of P(iano), OR and a piece of furniture gives an adjective meaning easy to replace or move
5d Fellow traveller, perhaps, abandoned one on way (7)
To get this person with political views, of which a fellow traveller is an example (indicated by perhaps), start with a verb meaning abandoned and add I (one) and an abbreviation for a way or road
6d Eminent Quaker, we hear, supported by another chummy writer (9)
Start with what sounds (we hear) like the eminent Quaker who founded a US State and add (supported by in a down clue) another name for a Quaker to get this chum with whom one only communicates in writing
17d Hide from female cheats connected to family (7)
The hide from a female deer comes from a charade of a verb meaning cheats and family or relatives
19d Something easy for person whose charges are small? (6)
A double definition – an easy catch in cricket and a person who looks after small children while their parents go out
21d Ramshackle vehicle’s speed after cold start (5)
To get this ramshackle vehicle put a speed after the initial letter (start) of Cold
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