Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2698 (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 Most of the fault lies in this economy (6)
Most of TH(E) followed by a fault
4a Blood type different? That’s a nuisance (6)
One of the blood types followed by a word meaning different
11a Hot gaseous mixture — that may end in a bang (4)
H(ot) followed by a gaseous mixture gives something that may end in a bang or fringe
12a Bad luck, having set mousetrap, for example (4,6)
An adjective meaning set or firm followed by something often used as bait for a mousetrap
20a They bear heavy burdens, so include supporting frames in case? (10)
Split as (4,6) this could mean to include supporting frames for drying clothes in a suitcase
21a Like some Asians, that is, endlessly getting together (4)
A typical Virgilius clue – drop the final letters of THA(T) and I(S) and run what’s left together
23a It indicates you’ve arrived — don’t knock it! (8)
A cryptic definition of something that is pushed, not knocked, to indicate your arrival
24a Woollen cloth that’s good in short jacket (6)
G(ood) inside most of (short) the kind of jacket traditionally worn by trainspotters!
25a Cross section of lengthy bridge (6)
A cross(breed) is hidden (section of) inside the clue
1d The graduate a short time in charge of certain subject (8)
THE followed by a graduate, T(ime) and the abbreviation of In Charge
2d Having basic education in odd places, not so well done (5)
This adjective meaning not so well done, when applied to cooking steak, has the three elements of basic education in the odd letters
5d For example, general proposal covering one chapter (7)
A proposal around (covering) I (one) and C(hapter)
6d Followers creating aggravation between husband and child (7-2)
Aggravation or outrage sandwiched between H(usband) and a male child
14d Instant idea underlying the Web, primarily (9)
An idea following the initial letters (primarily) of The and Web
17d Tastiest extremity on swine? (7)
The initial, or final, letter (extremity) of TastiesT followed by a swine or cad – the whole of this &Lit clue provides the definition
19d State of a canal — on your head be it (6)
Two definitions – the state or country through which the eponymous canal runs and something worn on the head – ironically the headwear is usually manufactured in Ecuador
21d Row across British or Italian river (5)
A row or rank around (across) B(ritish) gives this Italian river (not the River Po!)
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