Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2656 (Hints)
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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 Medicinal plant poet might use with porridge? (6)
We start with d’oh of the day. We have this medicinal plant in our garden, but why would a poet use it with porridge. Like me, you need to think what a poet does with words!
12a Strange doctor identifying some body parts (5-5)
A nickname for parts of your elbow. A synonym for odd or peculiar followed by an informal way of referring to a doctor.
22a Like a court having a judicial process (6)
Merge A (from the clue) with a judicial process to get an adjective meaning like a central courtyard.
25a Change to better part in Measure for Measure (6)
Hidden in the clue is a verb meaning change to better.
1d Contest in two parts — learner can get into both in a broadcast (8)
A contest combining shooting and cross-country skiing – an anagram (broadcast) of BOTH IN A plus L for learner.
14d Method of execution for making pale ale, for example (9)
Cutting the head off, as you do when turning the word pale into the word ale.
15d Personification of great power, awfully masculine? Not I (5,3)
The nickname for the citizens of the USA (great power) is an anagram (awfully) of MASCUL[I]NE with the I removed (not I).
21d Stuff on board old vessel south of Cape (5)
Goods carried on a ship or aeroplane. Follow (south of) the abbreviation for Cape with the vessel used in the search for the Golden Fleece.
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Today there are lots of birthdays including Hugh Grant, Julia Sawalha, Michael Buble, Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics and Topol. However, as BD has left me to choose my own musical clip this time, I am going for Otis Redding , sadly no longer with us, but born on the 9th September.