Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2659 (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 Person using lawyer, say, securing legal right in court (6)
A legal right inside the abbreviation of C(our)T
4a Put together a score, not 27 (8)
… that’s a musical score
13a Emotionless university official admitting 500 every year (7)
A university official around (admitting) the Roman numeral for 500 and the two-letter abbreviation meaning every year
14a Form of transport, note, linked with city of Paris mainly (5)
Sheer brilliance! Definition, wordplay and &Lit all-in-one. The third note of the scale in sol-fa notation followed by most of the city associated with Paris, son of Priam
27a I will josh about area that’s not comfortable (3,2,4)
Abbreviate “I will” then add a verb meaning to josh or make fun of and insert A(rea)
29a Most rum toddies must be drunk without one (6)
An anagram (must be drunk) of TODD(I)ES without I (one)
1d A search after pet in grave situation (8)
The A from the clue and a verb meaning to search after a domestic pet give a situation for a grave
5d Old composer left on island in kind way, with excessive care (4-10)
A charade of O(ld), an Italian Romantic composer, L(eft), I(sland) and an adverb meaning in a kind way
7d Precipitously reduced energy that marked end of cross-country race? (7)
Most of (reduced) a word meaning precipitously followed by E(nergy) – think of another name for a cross-country race and you’re there!
8d Man in game that’s almost certainly spotted (6)
… a game played with pieces that are marked with spots
19d Person who’s stopped working on Scottish island (7)
A charade of a word meaning on or about and a Scottish island
22d Periods of good fortune – excited, as a result (6)
A charade of periods of good fortune and an adjective meaning excited
24d In jail, unchained? One will never be free, they say (5)
Hidden inside the clue – proverbially there is no such thing as a free one
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