Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2669 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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There’s still time to enter the December Prize 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 Developed into hard worker outside academic stream (6)
A hard-working insect, not an ant this time, around a stream in a famous academic city
10a Entertains in a way, with quartet of players around one (5)
All four bridge players around I (one)
11a Despicable people introduced to new editor? Forget it! (5,4)
Some despicable people inside (introduced to) N(ew) ED(itor)
14a Lack of importance within certain sign, if I cancel (14)
One of Virgilius’s signature clues!
17a Unfinished research I’m doing badly? Dons control it (9,5)
An anagram (badly) of RESEARC(H) without its final letter (unfinished) and I’M DOING – nor University Dons, not even Don Manley, but Mafia Dons!
25a Container repeatedly broken in outskirts of Philadelphia (5)
Two (repeatedly) anagrams (broken), one at each end (in outskirts) of PHILAdeLPHIA –a similar construct has been used by this setter before; a Toughie by Jed and a Sunday puzzle by Virgilius
27a Berry, oddly, put in alcoholic drink (6)
Spell out the odd letters of BeRrY as (1,1,3,1)
1d Part that extends over prow’s possibly this (8)
A part around (that extends over) an anagram (possibly) of PROW’S – one of those clues that can be solved without realising that there is some wordplay!
2d Priest, generally, converted sons with force (9)
An anagram (converted) of SONS with FORCE
5d These parts of newspaper are, in brief, central for dreadful lady reader (14)
An abbreviation of the answer can be found in the inner letters (central) of the last three words in the clue
9d Hamlet’s problem, having sorted out vice inside head (14)
An anagram (having sorted out) of VICE INSIDE followed by a headland – the definition is an allusion to the opening phrase of Hamlet’s famous soliloquy
16d Potential husbands with match in mind (8)
Some potential husbands followed by a verb meaning to match
20d Primate and historian (6)
A double definition – a primate or ape and the author of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
22d Influence foolish person had over union leader in strike (5)
A definition at each end and a foolish person around (had over) the initial letter (leader) of Union
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