Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2690 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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As you may have read here earlier this week, James Leonard, aka Rustic, Citrus and Mr Lemon, died last weekend. As a tribute the Telegraph have republished the first ever EV, Greetings by Rustic. Why not try out this puzzle?
Today we can celebrate the success of yet another NTSPP setter. The Independent on Sunday has published a debut puzzle by eXternal. Congratulations to him.
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 Leaves container, as told, for assistant on course (6)
Two definitions – what sounds like (as told) a container for tea leaves is actually someone who carries clubs on the golf course
4a Friendly interviewer, initially, in morning TV, sort of (8)
The initial letter of Interviewer inside the two-letter abbreviation for morning and a sort of TV
12a Start off rabble-rousing in form of literary work (7)
Drop the initial letter S from a word meaning rabble-rousing
13a A bunch of lies, possibly, in dispute (2,5)
Split as (1,6) this could be a bunch of, for example(possibly), lies
14a Second point about composer’s problem with movement? (6,8)
A four-letter word for a second or short period of time and a point or headland around the composer who’s work was dramatically used by Torvil and Dean and the S from ‘S
21a Person who charges an addict carrying small volume (7)
This person who brings a charge against another is constructed from an addict together with his indefinite article around a small metric volume
25a Final word from tyrant, cruel fellow (5)
Allegedly the final word spoken by Julius Caesar, referring to one of those responsible for his assassination
27a Copper, for example, retaining name in head (6)
The type of material of which copper is an example around N(ame)
1d Recorder mishandled test case (8)
An anagram (mishandled) of TEST CASE
2d From a country in Africa, a boy upset religious leader (5,4)
One A from the clue followed by an African country, the other A from the clue and a boy, all reversed (upset in a down clue)
3d Positioned to overlook church fire (7)
Split as (2,5) this could mean positioned to overlook a church, but it’s actually a verb meaning to fire or encourage
7d Fraudulent coach holding game up (5)
A three-letter word for a coach around the reversal (up in a down clue) of a board game
8d Book duplicated in libraries — there’s the reason (6)
This book of the Old Testament is hidden twice (duplicated) inside the clue
15d Brief on legal action that includes a couple of clubs, say (5,4)
An adjective meaning brief followed by a legal action gives a term used in bridge for a hand that includes only one or two cards of a particular type (a couple of clubs, say)
16d Kind of light setter and solver will okay! (4,4)
A kind of light or flare fired into the air from a pistol followed by what could replace “setter and solver will” (2’2)
19d Like clue, only including what’s within it, note (7)
A word meaning only around LU (what’s within it / cLUe) and a musical note
20d Corporation placing article in old magazine (6)
… don’t forget that corporation can also mean a pot-belly
22d Recoil from someone who’s intimidating? (5)
This could be an agent noun for someone who intimidates – it’s not in the dictionary+, hence the question mark
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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