Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2657 (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 Philosopher with old-fashioned West End address (8,6)
A charade of an 18th century Anglo-Irish philosopher and an old-fashioned word for old-fashioned
11a Guy‘s wife (3)
A double definition – a verb meaning to guy and a slang word for a wife
14a Not without being selected (6)
Split the answer as (2,4) and it means being selected for the team
17a Booth, for example, containing a pair of animals at home (8)
… the Booth referred to in the clue is John Wilkes Booth
24a For artistic technique, nothing’s beyond me? Just the reverse (7)
Split the answer as (2,4,1) and it means the opposite of nothing’s beyond me
27a It’s fun, say, but wrong, sandwiching player — not OK (14)
An anagram (but wrong) of IT’S FUN SAY around (sandwiching) a theatrical player
1d With note, I pressure skilled worker with craft to create harmony in house (14)
A charade of the seventh note of the diatonic scale of C major, I, P(ressure), a skilled worker and a craft or vessel giving harmony between members of two different factions in the House of Commons
2d Diamond ring he oddly mislaid, initially, on coach (7)
Stop looking for complex wordplay, just take the initial letters of four words in the clue and add a coach
3d The speaker, taken in by Lear, is led astray? Limerick’s part of it (7,4)
The first person objective pronoun (the speaker) inside (taken in by) an anagram (astray) of LEAR IS LED
8d With total effort in difficult situation, we hear, passionately defending monarch (14)
A word that sounds like (, we hear) a difficult situation from which you need to dig yourself out followed by an adverb meaning passionately around (defending) the single-letter abbreviation for a monarch
16d Fare from Rome or other EU capital to part of UK (8)
Some Italian food (from Rome) comes from a charade of an EU capital city, the TO from the clue and a part of the UK
20d Scientist I spotted aboard old ship that’s docked (7)
I inside most of (docked) an old ship of the kind that used to sail the Spanish Main
25d Marine mammal mostly is found here (3)
Most of a marine mammal gives where it may be found
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