Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2677 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
(with a bit of help from the Tantali!)
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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 City once in second, then first division? (6)
An ancient city is derived from S(econd) followed by what could represent the first division if split (4,1)
4a Disease cut by exactly 50 per cent in one area, part of Europe (6)
Start witha skin disease which is a repeat of the same 4 letters, drop either half (cut by exactly 50 per cent) and put it inside I (one) and A(rea)
8a Faithful convert cannot, without saint (8)
An anagram (convert) of CANNOT around (without) an abbreviated saint
11a Greatly amuse with line in statement of opinion (4)
L(ine) inside a statement of opinion or right to express
13a You may take less than a minute for each child (6,6)
A period of time that is much shorter than a minute followed by a word meaning for every and a male offspring
21a Sport or game, originally as broadcast on radio (4)
This sport is also the code in the NATO Phonetic alphabet (as broadcast on radio) that represents the initial letter of Game
23a Concerned with signs , as Van Gogh became? (8)
A word meaning concerned with the study of signs and symptoms could, if split (4-4) suggest having only one ear, like Vincent Van Gogh
25a Shrewdness of top don finally taking in university (6)
A four-letter word meaning the top or highest point and the final letter of doN around (taking in) U(niversity)
1d Is it appropriate for the Queen to take on ? (8)
A word meaning is it appropriate, asking about the advisability of an action, followed by the cypher of Elizabeth Regina
2d Check on quality of a small state (5)
The A from the clue and S(mall) followed by a verb meaning to state
3d Exercised short time, then showered (7)
T(ime) followed by a verb meaning showered with precipitation
5d Fights as club finishes off last football game, perhaps (7)
A club, of the kind used by a cricketer, followed by the final letters of (finishes off) four words in the clue
14d Impartial in case ? That’s an aim (9)
Three definitions, the middle one being a case or grammatical relation of a noun to another word in the sentence
17d Certainly not game bird (7)
Double definition – sadly is a game that some kids play in front of speeding trains
19d Pinafore, for example, added after undergarment for composer (6)
The letters that preceded the Pinafore of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta after a female undergarment
21d Good opportunity for stable employee (5)
G(ood) followed by an opportunity or scope gives someone who is employed to look after the horses in a stable
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