Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2681 (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 Ruthlessly running clubs after top side demolished (8)
C(lubs) after an anagram (demolished) of TOP SIDE
9a For which a daughter’s one possible choice? (8)
The A from the clue followed by D(aughter) and a possible choice
11a Arranged special calls for place in outback (5,7)
An anagram (arranged) of SPECIAL followed by a verb meaning calls on the telephone
20a Make big effort, taking son to school (6)
S(on) followed by a verb meaning to school
23a Male with corrupt lawyer in East producing collective frenzy (4,8)
M(ale) followed by a corrupt lawyer inside the Eastern continent
26a Spell for beginner in Hamlet, ironically, rather than petty role (4)
This spelling of a beginner is the one hidden inside “Hamlet ironically” rather than the one inside “petty role”
28a Person who pokes fun at flower-girl in street (8)
AT and a girl named after a flower inside ST(reet)
2d For example, subject of sultan with a personality disorder (8)
The abbreviation of for example in Latin followed by a subject of a sultanate in the Middle East and the A from the clue
5d It’s worn over shoulders and head (4)
7d Foreigner at first without a right to a lawyer (4)
Start with a word for a foreigner and drop (without) the initial (at first) A
16d Like euro for German, it’s added to envelope (8)
After the previous German currency!
22d Authorise possible instruction for shock treatment (6)
Split as (4,2) this could be an instruction for treatment of a shock of hair
24d Polish tiny moving bits in old timepiece (4)
A verb meaning to polish and the tiny grains in an old-fashioned timepiece
25d Sticky wicket set up for spinners (4)
Reverse (set up in a down clue) a sticky wicket or tricky situation
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