Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2682 (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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7a Rogue who sings, popular earlier (8)
This rogue who spills the beans comes from a charade of a two-letter word meaning popular followed by a word meaning earlier
11a Former Asian capital — and in Asian language (8)
Put AND inside an Asian language
12a Predicament I have with effect of pollution involving those near to me? (7,7)
A cryptic definition of the predicament of those near to someone who is polluting the atmkosphere
19a Abridged book (cut from end) not having brilliant cover (4)
Drop (abridged) a verb meaning to cut from the end of a book of the New Testament
25a How board meeting may end for prisoner, say (6)
Split as (2,4) this is how a game played on a board may end
28a Escape from ordeal with maximum speed (8)
A charade of to escape and an ordeal or trial
1d Nose or chin split and reconstructed (4)
A verb meaning to nose or move slowly is derived by splitting the word CH IN and swapping the two parts
2d Latin’s body found in library? (6)
Two definitions – the Latin for body and a collection of written texts
3d One letter from MP set up classical concert (4)
Reverse (set up in a down clue) a way of describing one of the letters in MP (1,2,1)
5d Resignation letters in fast mail misdirected (8)
An anagram (letters in … misdirected) of FAST MAIL
6d Make what’s initially so disorganised right and neat? (10)
The initial letter of So followed by an anagram (disorganised) of RIGHT and NEAT
8d From motorway, to no avail, I moved vehicle (7)
M(otorway) followed by a phrase meaning to no avail (2,4) with one of the Is moved
18d Central character taking combination of drugs (7)
This central female character combines two drugs (6 and 1)
26d Piece of work from artist, a sketch (4)
Hidden (from) inside the clue
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