Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2649 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Crypticsue
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Big Dave has taken a rare day off and so, 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 For musical event, check warning light as soon as king enters court (7,7)
A type of musical event – The abbreviation for check in a game of chess followed by a coloured warning light. To get the second word insert a conjunction meaning as soon as, plus the single letter representing a king, into the abbreviation for court.
14a Front of tropical fish seen in seaweed (6)
Once you realise that fish is used here as a verb, you should have no trouble following the first letter of Tropical with a verb meaning to fish to get a type of coarse seaweed.
15a Origin of many a clue recycled every year? It’s my fault (3,5)
I know this is obvious but it is one of my favourite clues today – as if Virgilius would recycle a clue! A Latin expression meaning it’s my fault is obtained by following the first letter (origin) of Many with an anagram (recycled) of A CLUE, and then the two letters meaning every year, splitting the result 3, 5.
24a 70% of belongings destroyed in base (7)
An anagram of 7 of the 10 letters (70%) of BELONGIngs makes an adjective meaning base or dishonourable.
27a Holder of evidence about crash given fine, not heavy, by judge (6,8)
A device recording the functioning of an aircraft, used to determine the cause of an air crash. A charade of the abbreviation for fine and an adjective meaning not heavy, followed by a barrister or solicitor who sits as a part-time judge.
1d Feature of architect’s car I adapted (14)
A nice anagram (adapted) to start the downs – a feature which marks or constitutes something is obtained by rearranging ARCHITECTS CAR I.
2d Head off prison guard covering part of wing (7)
Remove the first letter (head off) a type of prison guard and add a preposition meaning covering to get part of the wing of a plane.
6d Drink — it begins to get one down (3)
Probably the most original way yet of cluing the informal way of referring to Britain’s favourite drink. Think carefully about the final bits of the clue!
25d Bride and groom first of all collected some luggage (3)
The initial letters (first of all) of Bride And Groom collected together give a piece of luggage they might take on their honey moon.
Lucky Big Dave – a day off from blogging duties, he gets to review this superb Virgilius puzzle , and he’s snuck in some of his favourite singers at the end of my hints and tips!!
There are several clues which nearly made it into the hints and tips, so if you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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