Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2650 (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 Have influence on current parliamentarian decree (6)
This verb meaning to have influence on comes from a charade of the symbol used to represent electric current, Crosswordland’s usual parliamentarian and a legal decree
4a Successive notes I had put outside and set apart (8)
Typical of Virgilius to notice that the three consecutive notes of the scale in sol-fa notation with the abbreviation of I (ha)D outside gives a verb meaning set apart
12a Wave from a friend in Paris on back street (7)
This huge wave is formed by putting the French (in Paris) words for a and friend after ST(reet) reversed
15a Two men, and not a woman, in part of France (8)
Two ways of getting this answer: a) combine the names of two men (4 & 4); b) a word meaning and not followed by a woman’s name (5) – either way it’s a part of France
25a Managed to continue providing capital earlier for some Asians (7)
A verb meaning managed (3) is followed by a phrasal verb meaning to continue (2,2) to get the former capital of an Asian country – bet you don’t know the name of the new capital (don’t answer that!)
27a Put too many into lift, say — more than three? (9)
This verb meaning to put too many people into a lift or other location could, if split (4,5), be taken as being more than the quantity represented by three in a well known saying
29a Repeatedly copied single in newer kind of record (6)
This verb meaning repeatedly copied is derived by putting a word meaning single inside a newer kind of record – not so new since the advent of downloads!
1d One caught in local, not at work (8)
Start with I (one) and then add C(aught) inside a word meaning local or domestic to get this adjective meaning not at work
2d Very little paid for source of oil (7)
How one might describe a very little amount paid to buy something is also a source of vegetable oil
5d Location in West End anyone can use for their address (8,6)
A cryptic definition of the location in London’s West End where anyone can address the assembled masses
16d In charge in club, liable to prove poisonous (9)
Put the abbreviation of In Charge inside an unmentionable football club to get an adjective meaning liable to prove poisonous
21d Part of speech from prof, no dunce, without notes (7)
This part of speech is there in the clue – just remove the notes of the diatonic scale
24d Old weapon found in a river bank (5)
This old weapon is derived from a charade of the A from the clue, R(iver) and a bank or tier
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