Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2662 (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 Start of squabble or argument making us feel sad (6)
The initial letter (start) of Squabble followed by OR and an argument
4a Arrangement of pro wrestling location (6)
A word meaning pro followed by a location for some types of wrestling
11a What sailors sometimes call a boat (4)
Split as (1,3] this is a large one-decked boat, commonly rigged as a sloop
16a Hybrid kind of music not on tracks (5-7)
A word meaning a hybrid and a kind of music gives a word meaning through fields, woods, over hills, etc., rather than by road
21a Material for newspaper, shrinking outside page (4)
An adjective meaning shrinking or bashful around (outside) P(age)
23a Pie chart showing this indicates how business is doing (8)
A double definition
25a Mass being performed by essential primate (6)
M(ass) followed by a two-letter word meaning being performed and an adjective meaning essential
1d Hide principal gang member (8)
A hide or pelt followed by a principal of, for example, a school
2d Spirit the writer’s shown in game (5)
An alcoholic spirit followed by a possessive adjective meaning the writer’s
5d Tragedy that’s less hard in Verdi’s version (7)
Verdi’s version of this Shakespearian tragedy is missing the H(ard)
14d Tragedy’s beginning, in fact, in a touching way (9)
The initial letter (beginning) of Tragedy followed by an adverb meaning in fact
15d Quietly optimistic about start of peace he forecast (8)
The musical notation to play quietly and an adjective meaning optimistic around (about) both the initial letter (start) of Peace and HE
18d Ration distributed to north or south of old province (7)
An anagram (distributed) of RATION followed by (to the north in a down clue) of O(ld) or the same anagram preceded by (south) of O(ld), both give the same province
21d Key piece that’s held up by bishop (5)
A musical key followed by a chess piece gives something that is held by a bishop
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