Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2673 (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 Precious stone from a Queen, you said — a queen in Eastern state (10)
The A from the clue followed by Q(ueen), the letter that sounds like (said) you, another A from the clue and finally the Latin abbreviation for Queen inside a state in the Eastern part of the United States
9a Under pressure , is prepared for journey over snow (7)
Split as (3,4), this could mean is prepared for a journey over the snow
14a I had brought in toll for old county division (6)
The abbreviated form of I had inside a verb meaning to toll a bell
15a Clear about regions in part of Asia (4,4)
An adjective meaning clear or tidy around some regions
19a French writer without penny getting university position (6)
The name of a French author and philosopher around the abbreviation for a penny gives the grounds of a university
22a Study change in US helping effort to focus (13)
A charade of a verb meaning to study, some small change in the US and a helping or share
26a Small building that woman had abandoned (4)
This typical Virgilius clue is a triple definition – a small building, the shortened version of “that woman had” and a verb meaning abandoned
27a Bad way to tie relative to king? On the contrary (6,4)
This bad way to tie a rope comes from an elderly relative followed by K(ing) and a word meaning on the contrary – you are, of course, meant to be fooled into looking for wordplay which means “king to relative”!
1d Pain repeatedly showing up in each extra check-up (4)
The master of the hidden word had concealed a pain not once but twice in the clue
2d What comes from 12 that we hear is faulty (7)
Split as (2,5), this could be something we hear coming from the abbreviated answer to 12 across
4d Get back through payment that’s concerning judge (6)
A charade of a two-letter word meaning concerning or about and a verb meaning to judge
8d It’s consumed by airborne soldier, NCO, taking advantage of host (10)
The expanded version of “it’s” inside an airborne soldier and a two-letter abbreviation of a senior NCO
13d Highly prized around company, showing early talent (10)
An adjective meaning highly prized around CO(mpany)
16d Wellington, for example , wrongly ordered to war with foe (8)
The kind of clothing of which a wellington boot is an example comes from an anagram (ordered) of TO WAR with FOE
20d Writes home about old, old person’s financial support (7)
A verb meaning writes and a word meaning at home around O(ld)
23d Story of Julius Caesar, say — power and destiny (4)
P(ower) followed by destiny
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