Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2694 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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There’s a new prize crossword available, why not have a go?
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 In front of head, people beating impudent youngster (14)
An informal word for the head preceded by (In front of) some people who beat others, typically as punishment
10a Philosopher representing the precious metal, including its colour (7)
THE and the chemical symbol for a precious metal around (including) the heraldic term for its colour
14a Person taken in by letter written antagonistically, to some extent (6)
Hidden (to some extent) inside the clue
15a Closes off gap — men play no predetermined strategy (4,4)
Drop the final letters from (closes off) four words in the clue
21a Rival clubs promote changes covering it (10)
An anagram (changes) of c(lubs) promote around (covering) IT
22a Humble tool in hand, finish off (4)
A slang word for a hand followed by the final letter (finish) of constructioN
25a Tile one laid outside hospital (7)
This rectangular, originally wooden, tile is derived by putting another word for one around (laid outside) H(ospital)
26a It grows light in the East (7,7)
Two definitions – a plant with cherry-like fruit which ripens in winter and a collapsible paper light
1d Omitting humour you formerly included (7)
Humour or jocularity around (included) an old-fashioned (formerly) word for you
2d As part of alcoholic mixture, it expanded (7,8)
The It from Gin and It, expanded into its full name
4d Pronounced hardship for man working on vessel (6)
This person working on, say, a ship or an oil platform, sounds like (pronounced) a word meaning hardship
5d Speculative citizen having made a trade for nothing (8)
Start with another word for a citizen and exchange (trade) the A for an O (nothing)
7d Trio finding harmony difficult are lent unusually simple instrument (7,8)
An anagram (unusually) of ARE LENT followed by a simple percussion instrument
16d Measuring devices, possibly rulers? (8)
These measuring instruments used in geometry could, according to a famous expression, be rulers who adopt the policy of maintaining control over opponents by encouraging dissent between them
20d Crossword fan famously good with clues left a little food (6)
The fictional crossword fan and detective(famously good with clues) created by Colin Dexter followed by L(eft)
23d Sign new work of art put up (4)
This sign of the zodiac is derived from N(ew) and a type of painting (work of art) all reversed (put up in a down clue)
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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