Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2671 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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Merry Christmas. 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 Dreadfully slay with a cut, producing this? (8)
An anagram (dreadfully) of SLAY with A CUT
5a Rhythmic performer providing rhyme for answer (and the next one) (6)
This rhythmic performer rhymes with answer and with the answer to 10 across (next one) – and gives the first of eight related answers
12a Kind of wings with which Daedalus began (5)
These wings grace a number of aircraft and their design is based on the initial letter of Daedalus in Greek
16a & 20a Jovial old man assault can upset (5,5)
The jovial owner of today’s thematic answers comes from an anagram (upset) of ASSAULT CAN
17a Earth mother? (5)
A cryptic definition of a mother animal that could be found in an earth – a thematic answer
22a Female of 31, say, finishes off crossword so simple (3)
A signature Virgilius clue – the final letters of (finishes off) the last three words in the clue
31a Soundly control beloved animals (8)
Homophones (soundly) of control and beloved give a key to several of today’s answers – whatever happened to Rudolph?
1d Party drink I had for boy with amorous aims (5)
A party drink followed by the abbreviated form of I had – one of today’s thematic answers!
6d 3 disheartened and upset in African capital (5)
The outer letters (disheartened) of the answer to 3 down followed by an anagram (upset) of the same answer
7d It’s difficult to assemble without one vote (7)
A verb meaning to assemble a crossword, say, without the I (one) and followed by the letter used to indicate a vote
19d Writing about incense in eating places, one of which had another role at Christmas (7)
The two-letter abbreviation for a document written by hand around a verb meaning to incense
20d Brainboxes operated in intelligence group (6)
A verb meaning operated or managed inside a US intelligence group
22d Repeatedly, unknown learner is falling in awful ride — not heavy fall (7)
A mathematical unknown is repeated and followed by L(earner) inside an anagram (awful) of RIDE
26d Person who gives fellow gold (5)
A university fellow followed by the heraldic term for gold
29d Occupying, we hear, accommodation full at Christmas (3)
What sounds like a word meaning occupying or at home is actually a hostelry in which there was no room for Joseph and Mary
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