Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2684 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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Tilsit took this picture of four Toughie Setters at the recent Listener dinner in Chester.
Micawber, Warbler, Busman & Elgar
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 Ferociously attack a guy initially in bar (6)
Put the A from the clue and the initial letter of Guy inside a word meaning bar or except for
4a Finishes off operation for pains (8)
Two definitions – finishes off an operation by closing any incisions and pains often encountered by athletes
11a Crazy British lawyer’s brief (5)
B(ritish) followed by a four-letter abbreviation for an American lawyer
12a Without energy, again experience ease (7)
A verb meaning to experience again around (without) E(nergy)
13a Start off part of ‘Hamlet’ with new speech (7)
A character in Hamlet without (off) his initial letter (start) followed by N(ew)
18a Driver, in turn, gripped by epic scorer (8)
A turn or attempt inside a classical composer (epic scorer)
20a Head of state moving to centre, in a sense (5)
Start with STATE and move its initial letter (head) to the middle
27a Getting through, carry a head inside (9)
A verb meaning to carry with a word meaning “a head” inside
29a Gold put in cast, mostly, for old coin (6)
Insert the heraldic term for gold inside most of a verb meaning to cast or throw
1d Squash and second form of exercise switched (8)
S(econd) followed by a form of exercise (5,2) with the two words switched
2d Ordinary article hidden under ceiling in house (7)
An adjective meaning ordinary or insipid is derived by putting the indefinite article after (under in a down clue) the initial letter (ceiling in a down clue) of a large house
5d Fearful inaccuracies are misleading in part of political address (6-8)
Put some inaccuracies and a verb meaning to mislead inside the first part of an address occupied by a very senior politician
7d In violent row, victim may need to call on it (3,4)
A three-letter adjective meaning violent followed by a row
8d Saw a year in prison cut by precisely 50 per cent (6)
To get this saw or adage put the A from the clue and Y(ear) inside either half (cut by precisely 50 per cent) of a famous US prison
17d Military HQ in which sides’ meetings are invariably obtuse (8)
The sides of this AmericanMilitary HQ all meet at an obtuse angle (108⁰ to be precise)
19d Relatively loud speakers — they can be heard in court (7)
Proverbially these speak louder than words
24d Troublemaker that affects concentration when drinking (5)
Something that, when added to a drink, dilutes the concentration of alcohol
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