Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2704 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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This could be the time to have a go at our Monthly Prize puzzle.
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 Like people with convictions picked for team (6)
These people have convictions handed out by a court of law! – split as (2,4) it could mean picked for the team
4a Sign over some poems — they may be read in library, for example (8)
Reverse the anglicised version of a zodiac sign and follow it with some poems
12a Noisy party quiet people left out of indignation (7)
An exhortation to keep quiet followed by INDIG(nation) without the nation (people left out)
15a Strike that is happening with utmost speed (8)
A word meaning a strike followed by the unabbreviated Latin phrase meaning that is (2,3)
20a Undisputed bit of information about English side (5)
An undisputed bit of information around E(nglish)
25a Outside ring, interrogate a thug (7)
Outside the ring-shaped letter put a verb meaning to interrogate and follow it with the A from the clue
28a River vessel carrying soldier back for military operations (8)
A river followed by a vessel around the reversal (back) of a US soldier
29a Way in which son precedes guard (6)
A way in preceded by S(on)
1d Pauper’s statement about saint being a kind of fraud (8)
What a pauper might say (1’1,4) around the abbreviation of saint to get someone who is a fraud
5d Investigator of people in North mistreated, needing defender around (14)
An anagram (mistreated) of NORTH inside (needing ,,, around) a person who offers an argument in defence of something controversial
8d Reason to speak about overturned container (6)
A verb meaning to speak around the reversal (overturned in a down clue) of a container
9d Forming impressions when collecting digital data (14)
A delightful cryptic definition of the act of collecting data from the digits of criminals
16d Monarch surrounded by protection and respect (9)
The regnal cipher of our Queen inside a word meaning protection
17d Get held up by erratic game plan (8)
The GET from the clue is reversed and contained in (held up by in a down clue) an adjective meaning erratic
22d Like sound reflection needed for wise choice (6)
Not, as it may look initially, an anagram but actually a hidden word
24d Originally African music Brazilians introduced to South America (5)
The initial letters of three words in the clue inside the abbreviation for South AmericaAcross
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