Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2675 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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Congratulations to Prolixic. Today, as Kairos, he has his first puzzle published in a national newspaper, the Independent on Sunday.
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 Proceeded cautiously, giving advice to editor (7)
A piece of advice followed by TO and ED(itor)
5a Basil, for instance, or alternative person in lead (3,4)
An alternative person inside the chemical symbol for lead
12a Join a fight, roughly (5)
Combine (join) the A from the clue with a fight
19a NCO securing hill in assault (5)
The two-letter abbreviation for a senior NCO around a hill
22a Orator including new piece of poetry (5)
The name of a Roman statesman, orator, and writer around N(ew)
23a Check writing as academic, pocketing zero cash, mostly (9)
The four-letter abbreviation for a senior academic around (pocketing ) O (zero) followed by most of a colloquial word for cash
28a Disperse warily over area that has lots of tracks (7)
An anagram (disperse) of WARILY around (over) A(rea)
1d City plan mostly awful, as usual (7)
An anagram (awful) of CITY PLA(N) (plan mostly)
2d What’s normal to monarch — lots of Americans may be for it (7)
A word meaning normal or average followed by a monarch; when followed by lots this is where Americans go to carry out the answer
6d The end of many a prehistoric animal in reference book (9)
THE from the clue followed by the suffix which appears at the end of the names of many a prehistoric animal
8d Major effort to contain old prejudice (7)
An adjective meaning major and an effort around O(ld)
16d Insurance for vehicle seen around university city on Pacific (9)
Insurance for a commercial vehicle (3,5) around U(niversity)
17d Battle scene — prepare to shoot mine (7)
Prepare a gun ready to shoot followed by a mine
18d Buddhist symbol seen in Burmese port when docked (7)
A Burmese port, on the road in a famous song, without its final letter (docked)
23d Sulk, extremely testy and small-minded (5)
A sulk or tantrum followed by the outer letters (extremely) of TestY
24d For this modern language, is a service set up? (5)
The IS from the clue and a military service all reversed (set up in a down clue)
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