Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2661 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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There’s still time to enter this month’s Prize crossword.
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 Smiling expression of someone about to be shot (6)
A cryptic definition of what a photographer might say to someone whose photograph he is about to take
10a A lot of money to Greece, finally — much of it’s channelled through German banks (5)
Most (a lot) of a slang word for money followed by the final letter of GreecE – a much of this geographic feature is in Germany
12a Calm, though surrounded by endless pack ice (7)
A two-letter word meaning though between (surrounded by) PAC(K) and IC(E) without their final letters (endless)
14a Money belonging to thief’s accessory used in serious crime (7,7)
Split as (7,2,5) this could be money belonging to the person who purchases stolen goods from a thief (thief’s accessory)
25a Mot juste for a dramatic production? (5)
A French word meaning “there you are”, often uttered before revealing something dramatic
27a In front of church, take off woollen coat (6)
The abbreviation for the Church of England is preceded by (in front of) a verb meaning to take off or run away from
1d Hard top in vehicle put on quickly (8)
The thick hard shell of the crab, tortoise, turtle, etc. comes from a charade of a vehicle and an adverb meaning quickly
5d Fellow I needed in great work with a politician sorting things (14)
F(ellow) and I inserted into a great work of fiction followed by the A from the clue and a Conservative politician – the definition is an adjective meaning of a system of sorting things into categories
9d Message to many repeatedly included by hook or by crook (8,6)
How the O, in hook or crook, is often described in crossword clues
15d Become inflamed, seeing two ways to effect dismissal (5,4)
A charade of two means of dismissal– the first in cricket and the second from a job
16d A drug, foolishly consumed, finished student? (8)
An anagram (foolishly) of A DRUG followed by a verb meaning consumed food gives a student who has finished his degree course
22d Fish, small, subject to heat, did this? (5)
This fascinating clue results in a fish or S(mall) followed by a verb meaning to subject to heat or what a fish might have done if subjected to heat or perhaps the action of subjecting a metal to heat – take your pick
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