Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2695 (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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1a One of many so-called religious leaders, pure and harmless (8)
One of Virgilius’s excellent triple definitions – so-called here is not derogatory; read it as “one of many religious leaders who were called by this name”
9a As source of help, a set of spiritual lessons? (8)
Split as (2,6) this could be a set of spiritual lessons
10a Top way to make quick point in court about male (4)
… this court is a tennis court
11a New multinational money to encourage skilled operator (12)
N(ew) followed by some multinational money that many countries are regretting they ever used and a phrasal verb meaning to encourage (4,2)
15a Quantity that Richard fatally lacked (6)
If split (1,5) Richard III, according to Shakespeare, would have given his kingdom in exchange for this
17a Writer of annuals, sort of (5)
A double definition – a famous writer and a sort of annual plant that can survive frosts
18a River starts in tiny trickle, ends in great torrent? (4)
Combine the initial letters (starts) of Tiny Trickle and the final letters (ends) of greaT torrenT and what do you get?
27a Killer facing charges has to register with old lawyer, finally (8)
… it’s the bulls that charge this person
28a Inclined to absorb a part of elementary education for this? (8)
A word meaning inclined around (to absorb) one of the three identical letters that are used to represent parts of elementary education
2d Arrest European holding guy up in the Big Apple, for instance (8)
A slang word for arrest and E(uropean) around (holding) a guy reversed (up in a down clue)
5d Piece of music encored in histrionic patriotism (4)
For those who aren’t very good at spotting hidden words there this one is present not once but two times (encored)
8d Main themes in section of good book grasped by economist (8)
One part of the bible (good book) inside (grasped by) the economist who championed investment in infrastructure during a recession
12d Like work of unacknowledged author, worth testing out (5-7)
An anagram (out) of WORTH TESTING
16d Fellow-player is kind of tame, repeatedly (8)
An anagram (kind of) of TAME TAME (of tame, repeatedly)
19d Vote in English lawsuit for enforcement of payment (8)
The letter used to indicate a vote between E(nglish) and a lawsuit
22d Course from Spain — a long hop going North (6)
A Spanish dish is derived by reversing (going North in a down clue) A L(ong) and a hop or bound
25d Bertrand Russell, for example, mostly ahead of his time? (4)
The title awarded to Bertrand Russell among others (for example) is most of a word meaning ahead of time
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