Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2680 (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 One can expect us, in a way, to provide record of costs (7,7)
An anagram (in a way) of ONE CAN EXPECT US
11a Consequently, making some progress, but in the wrong direction (4)
Hidden (some) and reversed (in the wrong direction) inside the clue
12a Benevolent type, one hopefully contributing money to water supplier? (4-6)
This could be someone who throws money into a fountain!
17a Monster Greek character encountered in youth (8)
A letter in the Greek alphabet inside a youth or young person – brilliant surface reading
21a Information about mature people holding a moderate position (6,4)
A three-letter word for information around an adjective meaning mature followed by some male people around the A from the clue
26a Like people giving 100 per cent, where they all do badly (5-9)
An anagram (badly) of WHERE THEY ALL DO
1d Times included among English newspapers, say (7)
The mathematical symbol for times or multiply inside E(nglish) and a collective noun for newspapers
2d Simple meal for chap who takes a share to work (10,5)
This chap’s share is use to cultivate the ground!
3d It’s a gas, one repeated endlessly (4)
Start with ONE ONE (one repeated) and drop the outer letters (endlessly)
5d Performed festive music girl conducted (8)
… at Christmas
7d Leader of Nationalists and I can represent this part of island (8,7)
The abbreviation for this part of an island is NI (leader of Nationalists and I)
8d Inadequacy of paintings he had put up outside (6)
Some paintings with the reversal (put up) of the abbreviated form of he had outside
17d Very strong foreign fighter has trounced you, initially (6)
A Russian aeroplane (foreign fighter) followed by the initial letters of three words in the clue
23d Epitome of insobriety reformed over time (4)
The amphibian that is an epitome of insobriety,or being drunk, comes from a word meaning reformed or fresh followed by T(ime)
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