Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2674 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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There’s still time to have a go at our monthly 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 Attack from air in fast RAF exercise — could be faster (6)
Take your pick! This verb meaning to attack from air is hidden inside the clue and is an anagram (could be) of FASTER
4a A salt dropped into sea in chains (8)
The A from the clue and the chemical formula for common salt inside the three-letter abbreviation of a sea
11a Land in Africa, getting down finally in crucial area (5)
The final letter of dowN inside a three-letter word meaning crucial and A(rea)
12a Ends concealed by minister repeatedly (7)
Very clever! Minister repeatedly, minister minister, hides these ends
15a Artists backed by a musical group for dance (8)
Pluralise and reverse Crosswordland’s usual artist and follow them with A and a musical group
27a Source of oil that’s seen in Van Gogh’s paintings (9)
A good excuse for a pictorial hint!
28a Allergy that could make you feel exhausted, initially, in hot state (3,5)
YThe initial letters of three words in the clue inside H(ot) and a verb meaning to state or declare
29a Hospital proceeded with caution, sat on fence (6)
H(ospital) followed by a verb meaning proceeded with caution
1d Only punishment partners in crime don’t share (8)
Punishment by imprisonment in a cell by oneself
2d American hero Democrat greatly admired (7)
The American who is said to have alerted the militia of approaching British forces followed by D(emocrat)
ARVE Error: need id and provider
3d In favour of accepting rule — English, German or Italian, for instance (9)
A three-letter word meaning in favour of around (accepting) a verb meaning rule and E(nglish)
6d Inappropriately inclined to seek directions (5)
A verb meaning to seek or question followed by some compass directions
17d Trapped like rooks at first, unable to move (8)
How the rooks are placed at the start of a game of chess
19d Force to pay levy, heartlessly? Just so! (7)
A verb meaning to force to pay followed by LevY without its inner letters (heartlessly)
22d Put end to place for rest of children in school (6)
A place where young children sleep inside SCH(ool)
24d Number in crowd you once found surrounding Queen (5)
Two’s company and this number is a crowd – the old-fashioned word for you around the Latin abbreviation for Queen
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