Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2665 (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 Drugs expert parking at a grim school in turmoil (14)
An anagram (in turmoil) of P(arking) AT A GRIM SCHOOL
9a Minute, it is found in damaged tree? (7)
M(inute} and IT inside (found in) an anagram (damaged) of TREE – the whole of the clue provides the definition of this insect which feeds on wood and damages trees
12a One of many shops with tea coming soon (5,5)
Split as (3,2,5) this could mean that tea is coming soon
14a Call about that woman’s fruit that’s not all picked (6)
… the last part of this clue refers to the selection of a few exceptional specimens, leaving the rest behind
17a Conflict that’s indicated by points put on either side of bar (8)
This conflict can also be a mathematical operation cryptically described by the clue
18a Cut off conversation, finally, in which bore regularly appears (6)
A verb meaning to cut off followed by the final letter of conversatioN gives a river, very close to where I live, which is famous for its bore
24a Original language I brought back I included (7)
Reverse (brought back) the language of ancient Rome and the I from the clue and insert another I
26a Mail Magna Carta revision with resorted letters (14)
An anagram (revision) of MAIL MAGNA CARTA
1d One river or another going South in direction of another going North (7)
An Italian river “going South”, a preposition meaning “in the direction of” and a UK river “going North” – result: a US river!
2d A game and amusement, rejecting current shorter form (8,7)
A charade of the A from the clue, a card came and an amusement without the I, the symbol for electric current
4d Citizens of a republic making threats to king audibly (6)
These citizens sound like audible threats to the king in the game of chess
6d Lots of explanations render plausible next answer? (10)
A verb meaning to render plausible followed by an example of 7 down, the next answer
7d Cleopatra and Napoleon have one in common (4,2,3,6)
An example of this is hidden inside (have … in common) both Cleopatra and Napoleon
8d Directions for writing as found in European city (6)
Split as (1,4,1) this European city gives the directions for writing AS
19d Like small payment, the kind of change woman in union need not accept (7)
A woman who gets married has the choice as to whether or not she makes this kind of change, but most do
23d Took a class, we hear, without any slacking (4)
A homophone of a verb meaning took a class of students
I’ve been a bit generous this week, but if you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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