Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2652 (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 Small hint gives you this answer without difficulty (6)
Combine S(mall) with a verb meaning to hint or suggest to get an adverb meaning without difficulty
4a Indication of text missing over page, on which one’s reprimanded (6)
This indication of missing text came up very recently – put it around (over) P(age) to get where someone is metaphorically reprimanded
11a Colour reused in elegant interior, just in time (4)
This colour is hidden not once but twice inside the clue
12a On reversing, sounded horn, say, warning ladies and others (10)
Start by reversing ON, then add a verb meaning sounded, for example (say) a horn then add a warning or sign of some future event to get ladies and others collectively
21a Dock tail of poodle that’s appealingly pretty (4)
Start with a three-letter verb meaning to dock then add the final letter (tail) of poodlE to get an adjective meaning appealingly pretty
23a Male backed older females taking leading roles (8)
The key here is to lift and separate – the wordplay is male backed older: the male pronoun followed by the reverse of an adjective meaning older and the definition is females taking leading roles
25a Pronounced why, in general, it’s a less important way (6)
Put the letter which is pronounced as “why” inside an adjective meaning general to get this less important way or route
1d It’s scary getting converted in this part of church (8)
An anagram (getting converted) of IT’S SCARY gives the part of a church where religious utensils, vestments, etc. are kept
7d Cast was uneasy when resting (6)
A double definition – cast or threw and was uneasy when resting in bed
14d Period of development, for instance, held up on-line construction? (9)
This period of development is derived from the Latin abbreviation of for instance reversed (held up in a down clue) and a construction on a railway line
15d Person who looks after kids with nannies (8)
… and maybe the billies as well!
19d Country hiding nothing in scheme tried after three failures? (6)
To get this country put O (nothing) inside (hiding) the scheme that might follow three failed schemes (4,1)
21d Capital in company affected by inflation? (5)
To get this capital city CO(mpany) is affected by inflation – i.e. with ___ inside
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