Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2664 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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Why not have a go at our latest monthly puzzle?
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 Waved sword I discarded (10)
A type of sword followed by the I from the clue and a verb meaning discarded or cast off
6a A variable fashion feature that may be said to attract attention (4)
The A from the clue followed by a fashion feature that goes up or down from year to year
10a Actress initially is embraced by male with pride in affair (7)
The initial letter of Actress and IS inside the male in a pride of animals
14a Hunt lasting very long time (6)
Split as (3,3), this hunt could mean lasting a very long time
19a So-called father that divides capital (6)
A cryptic definition of the Father that divides London into two parts
24a Group together make a score of nineteen, for example (5,2)
What could be done to nineteen to make it into twenty (a score)
27a No crudeness cut, when edited — like this (10)
An anagram (when edited) of NO CRUDENES(S) without its final letter (cut) gives an adjective meaning with nothing edited out
1d Polish fan (4)
A double definition – to polish and a fan or enthusiast
4d Asian food doctor found in another continent repeatedly (6)
An abbreviation for a doctor is sandwiched between the abbreviation for a continent other than Asia and another occurrence of the same continent (repeatedly)
8d Wanting to control cash flow, painter is absorbed in his work (10)
This nounal adjective meaning wanting to control cash flow comes from a French Impressionist painter followed by IS inside a three-letter word describing the painter’s work
20d A German guy rises to the top as executive (7)
Start with the A from the clue and GERMAN and then move the guy to the beginning (top in a down clue)
21d Give bad marks to, various grades one repeated (6)
This verb meaning to mark give bad marks or disfigure is made up from letters in the range used for marking examinations, one of which occurs twice
23d Singer having run in one club, say (4)
This feathered singer is derived by inserting R(un) inside what “one club” could be in bridge
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