Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2697 (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 Deal anew with case concerning gang (6)
A two-letter word meaning concerning or about followed by a gang, of cubs perhaps
10a Old master exactly right about what’s central to art (5)
An adverb meaning exactly and R(ight) around the middle letter of (what’s central to) aRt
12a Festival location, as we see it, is disorderly (7)
Split this as (3,2,2) and it could be a South American festival location, as we see it
13a Lots of ships round the bend when following a river (7)
Deceptively simple! – an adjective meaning round the bend followed by a word meaning when and preceded by (following) the A from the clue and R(iver)
17a Hobbies are included in class that interests them (14)
My first thought when I saw this was that a hobby is a small species of falcon, and I was right!
21a Relative amicability rules, initially? It’s not obvious (7)
A male relative followed by the initial letters of Amicability Rules
27a Enthusiastic about good backing for this type of pop music (6)
An adjective meaning enthusiastic around G(ood) all reversed (backing)
1d Break records with small humanitarian organisation (3,5)
An anagram (break) of RECORDS with S(mall)
3d Complain over nothing on Circle Line — it can save commuters money (3,4)
A verb meaning to complain followed by O (nothing), the letter shaped like a circle and L(ine)
8d Carp, possibly, about popular conclusion (6)
A group of cold-blooded vertebrates, like the carp, around a two-letter word meaning popular
9d Conflict symbolised by different colours of house-plants? (4,2,3,5)
A conflict between two Royal Houses, each symbolised by a different colour of house-plant – Henry Tudor cunningly combined both of these colours in his emblem
15d Settling very shortly into a bit of work at last? (9)
The abbreviation (shortly) of V(ery) inside some work that could be done by a cobbler at his last
16d Drive off from established area for practice shots (8)
EST(ablished) followed by an area where Gnomethang might practice his golf shots
18d In a perfect world, I had European associate (7)
The abbreviated form of “I had” followed by E(uropean) and an associate
20d Put down brief reminder to renew membership (6)
Split as (3,3) this could be a brief reminder to renew one’s membership
22d Including one piece of basic education for learner in class is stupid (5)
Start with CLASS and then include one of the three pieces of basic education instead of the L(earner)
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