Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2689 (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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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 Living area somewhat protected by cover (7)
Somewhat (1,3) inside (protected by) a cover for the head
5a Behaviour that’s becoming weird after code’s broken (7)
An adjective meaning weird after an anagram (broken) of CODE
9a Space restricted in aircraft as North African set returned (7)
A North African and a verb meaning set all reversed (returned)
10a Contemporary contributor of comments for book by lumberjack (7)
B(ook) followed by a lumberjack
13a Location for surfing — not hard, in principle (5)
A location for surfing (3,3) without the H(ard)
15a Removed from sight without rhyme or reason, initially? That’s glossed over (9)
A word meaning removed from sight or disappeared around (without) the initial letter of Rhyme or of Reason
19a Craft needed in sketchbook etc, honed repeatedly (5)
Hidden twice (repeatedly) inside the clue
25a Surrounded by dreadful feeling about how one operates (7)
A dreadful feeling around the two-letter abbreviation for how one operates
28a For example, future saint is extremely rigid (7)
Future is an example of a form of a verb which indicates the time of the action – add the abbreviation for saint
1d Nincompoop‘s bad flaw concealed by success (4-3)
An anagram (bad) of FLAW inside (concealed by) a successful record
2d Outlaw seizing old sports facility — that can be scary for kids (7)
A verb meaning to outlaw or prohibit around O(ld) and a sports facility
4d Rival daily with claim it improves efficiency (4-5)
One of the Telegraph’s rivals followed by a verb meaning to claim or state
6d Piece of meat staff provided that’s singularly useless for diner (9)
A piece of meat followed by a staff or rod gives one of a pair of eating implements
14d Excellent final steps for upwardly mobile type (3-6)
An adjective meaning excellent followed by a series of steps
17d Indicates informal speech is being written up (7)
Informal or colloquial speech and the IS from the clue all reversed (being written up in a down clue)
20d Closed with disgusted exclamation — that is really hard puzzle (7)
A two-letter word meaning closed, as in a door, followed by a disgusted exclamation and the latin abbreviation of that is
24d Like a no-win situation, portrayed as strained (5)
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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