Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2666 (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 Weapons commanders in East deployed around vital centre (8)
Hereditary military governors who were the effective rulers of Japan from the 12c until the 1860s around the middle letter (centre) of viTal
9a A Scottish island hit back, showing irrational fear (8)
The A from the clue followed by a Scottish island and a verb meaning to hit all reversed (back)
15a Writer adding stone to middle in eating place (6)
A brand of writing implement around (adding … to middle) ST(one)
21a University in top ten, maybe, intended for the masses (8)
U(niversity) inside what could be (maybe) the top ten hits (3,4)
23a Books that provide meaningful help, by definition (12)
… especially for cruciverbalists!
28a Unknown person runs into road rage (8)
R(uns) between the abbreviation for a road and rage
2d Computers, for example, are added to hospital ward after reconstruction (8)
The ARE from the clue after (added to) H(ospital) and an anagram (after reconstruction) of WARD
3d Theatrical performance after eleven near West End (7,5)
The ordinal number for the position after eleven followed by a word meaning near and the final letter (west in an across clue) of wesT
6d As part of goal, get past hazard in estuary (8)
A verb meaning to get past followed by a sandbank hazard in an estuary
12d From Pacific region, regrettably captured by European (12)
A four-letter word meaning regrettably inside (captured by) a European
17d Person changing position about product of mine, in addition (8)
A person who is continually changing his position around a naturally occurring solid material which is extracted from a mine
22d Painter’s initial cover for textbook (6)
A double definition – the type of paint used initially and a school textbook
25d Prophetic book found in farmhouse — nothing odd in that (4)
This book of the Bible written by a prophet is derived by dropping the odd letters from (nothing odd in that) fArMhOuSe
I’ve been a bit generous again this week, but if you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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