Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2687 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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There’s still time to have a go at our April Prize puzzle.
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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Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”.Definitions are underlined in the clues.
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1a A substance consumed by male, rather naughty in legal office (10)
The A from the clue and thye substance of an argument inside M(ale) and an adjective meaning rather naughty
6a Substitute put in for striker, as result of injury (4)
Two definitions, the first being someone who works during an industrial strike
12a Following a trend, in a way (5,1,7)
A word meaning following then the A from the clue and a trend
14a In hospital, immersed in a large volume (2,4)
A very short definition! – put H(ospital) inside (immersed in) the A from the clue and a large volume or book
17a Source of support for Edward II (8)
How one might describe the regnal cypher of Edward II (6,2)
22a Noise from horse initially blows cover for us in vicinity (13)
The noise made by a horse followed by the initial letter of Blows and what might be a cover for us to wear on the head (3,4)
25a It is where you think, this country? (7)
IT is in the place where you think!
27a You’ll find it thus in hospitality suite (10)
This adverb describes how IT is found again and again in this clue
1d Nobody’s wife is a failure? (4)
Two definitions – the first being an unmarried girl
3d Fair acting in play represented in prim snapshots (13)
An anagram (represented) of PRIM SNAPSHOTS
4d Right clue finally leading to wrong answer (6)
R(ight) and the final letter of clue followed by a legal wrong
5d Failure of nerve due to lack of adequate hose? (4,4)
… could be caused by not wearing socks!
8d Women entitled to give piece of music zero points (10)
These titled women are derived from a charade of a short piece of music, O (zero) and some points or headlands
16d Bound over unnamed adolescent, one who has been expelled (8)
Reverse a five-letter word meaning bound or tied up and follow it with an adolescent without his final N (unnamed)
18d Exclusive groups have measured intelligence in things like this (7)
Put a two-letter abbreviation for a measure of intelligence inside what one reads in order to solve this crossword (things like this)
23d Diplomat with no love for green cause (4)
Drop (no) the O (love) from a diplomat to get a reason for turning green!
The paucity of illustrations is a result of the lack of suitable subject material!
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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