Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2679 (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 Tripe and fish added to small buffet (10)
A fish followed by S(mall) and a verb meaning to buffet or thump
6a Standard document‘s short question about gender? (4)
Split as (1,2,1) this could be a short question about gender
12a On a roll, take steps to produce excessive amount (4-9)
A charade of a word meaning on or above, the A from the clue, a sweet roll or cake and a verb meaning to take steps in time to music
15a Main area separating contenders for Triple Crown (5,3)
The body of water (main area) that separates the contenders for Rugby Union’s Triple Crown
19a John, for example, shortened period on journey (6)
John’s contribution to the New Testament is an example of this – drop (shortened) the final L from a period of time and preceded it with a verb meaning to journey or travel
25a Race on island in which run, in part, is hard (7)
The people described by Winston Churchill as The Island Race are derived by putting R(un) inside a small part and following it with IS and H(ard)
27a Military leader and PM in Commonwealth capital (10)
A Military leader and PM and a Commonwealth capital to boot! – a certain pair of Kiwis should know this one!
1d Show in which exotic cast also acts strangely (4)
This famous musical is an anagram (exotic) of CAST and also an anagram (strangely) of ACTS
2d Issue shares making leaders of directorate yell (4,3)
The first two letters (leaders) of DIrectorate followed by a verb meaning to yell
5d Not taking a drug, foolishly, so lacking alertness (3,5)
A word meaning not taking, as in not taking one’s food, followed by an anagram (foolishly) of A DRUG
7d Right from start, specifying course South for trips (7)
Drop the initial R(ight) from the start of a verb meaning specifying a course followed by S(outh)
11d Interrogates new doctor, initially — is medicine holding up one’s illness? (13)
The initial letters of the first three words in the clue followed by IS and a medicine, the last part including (holding) the reversal (up) of I’S (one’s)
13d Occupying a key position in church is error (10)
A charade of a two-letter word meaning occupying, the A from the clue, a musical key and a position in church
20d Divine kind of wine consumed by ancient Briton (7)
A kind or colour of wine inside (consumed by) an inhabitant of northern Scotland in Roman times (ancient Briton)
21d Fish taking something on hook on end of the line (6)
A backward-facing projection near the point of a hook followed by the final letter (end) of thE and L(ine)
23d At what point does it stop alcohol delivery? (4)
An adverb meaning at what point is used to request the recipient to indicate that they have enough alcohol in their glass
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