Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2653 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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Congratulations to Slartibartfast, the winner of our third Monthly Prize Puzzle.
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 They can afford middle-of-the-road accident protection (7,7)
A cryptic definition of these raised sections in the centre of a road that separate lanes
12a It’s good, say, to hold down sensation-mongers (6,5)
A charade of G(ood), a verb meaning to say and a verb meaning to hold or push down
14a Attach atom, more or less, for a bit of a lark, say (6)
A charade of a verb meaning to attach or fasten and an electrically-charged particle formed by loss or gain of electrons by an atom gives a part of a lark or any other bird
19a Looking slightly bruised, quite near the knuckle? (6)
The second definition is an adjective meaning quite near the knuckle or risqué
22a Medical treatment for elders, for example? (4,7)
… these elders are not elderly people!
26a Dangers in attempts to heal outside hospital (7)
A verb meaning attempts by a doctor to heal a patient around H(ospital)
27a Something viewed by many here as what divides us from Europe (7,7)
This could describe what is viewed on television in this country
1d Exercise using arms in which one repeatedly aims to improve (6,8)
A cryptic definition of repeatedly shooting a firearm at a target to improve one’s aim
2d A large demand put on an American separated from others (7)
A charade of the A from the clue, L(arge), a verb meaning to demand and AN
5d Directions on youngster’s examination from which height is determined (3,5)
A couple of compass directions is followed by a topical examination for youngster’s (1,5)
16d Husband still superficially smooth? (8)
H(usband) followed by an adjective meaning still or without wind
21d Language football team pronounced differently at first (6)
This language, when the first part is pronounced differently, is part of the name of a Scottish football team
25d Bad state Chicago is in, in short (3)
The second definition is the shortened form of the US state where Chicago is situated
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