Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2678 (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 My political ire disturbed MP (8,6)
An anagram (disturbed) of MY POLITICAL IRE – not a Member of Parliament, but different MP!
10a Worried as it might become less peaceful (7)
An anagram (as it might become) of WORRIED
12a Among email letters being exchanged, a chronic lack of modesty (11)
An anagram (letters being exchanged) of AMONG EMAIL followed by the A from the clue
15a One who profits from keeping people up in arms (8)
A cryptic definition of someone who makes firearms
23a Conclusions reached by jury are dubious, I agree (3)
One of Virgilius’s final letter (conclusions reached by) clues
24a Touching relationship between two sides (7)
A cryptic definition of a line which touches a circle
27a Unusually lucid narrative that’s naturally good (8,6)
An anagram (unusually) of LUCID NARRATIVE
1d Following endless failure, apt to embezzle (14)
Most of (endless) a failure followed by an adjective meaning apt
2d President from city near East Coast (7)
Former US President and city near the East Coast of England
3d Time that woman’s doctor encountered ruler as measuring device (11)
A charade of T(ime), the pronoun meaning that woman, a doctor, a verb meaning encountered and the usual regnal cypher for our queen
5d Oil processed in southern country’s not safe (8)
An anagram (processed) of OIL inside a South American country, not forgetting the S from ‘S
8d Chance to relax, initially bothered about an object’s speed (9,5)
The initial letter of Bothered followed by a two-letter word meaning about, A (an), an object, the S from ‘S and a speed or rate
18d Home supporter upset at some issue raised in Spanish court (7)
A charade of a two-letter word meaning home, a supporter and AT reversed (upset in a down clue) gives a daughter of the ruling monarch of Spain
25d Either way, am in Amsterdam for a purpose (3)
Where will you find AM in AMsterdAM?
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