Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2705 (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.
A special mention for Colin Foster, Lancastrian Bluenose on fifteensquared and a regular face at Sloggers & Betters meetings. He comfortably won his heat on Mastermind last Friday. This can still be seen on the BBC iPlayer.
Here is seen here (on the right) with Prolixic.
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1a Doctor man’s cut in private room (7)
An anagram (doctor) of MAN’S CUT
10a Advises what’s one essential to make a crossword popular (5,2)
One of the essentials in the making of a crossword followed by a two-letter word meaning popular
11a Bird taking most of fruit — shame about that (9)
Most of a citrus fruit inside (about that) a word meaning shame
12a Old clothes in which to chatter idly (5)
TO followed by a verb meaning to chatter idly
15a Philosopher, self-proclaimed existential thinker? (9)
This philosopher famously declared “cogito ergo sum” as a proof of his existence
17a Newspaper partly concealing crime in minister’s house (9)
Part of a newspaper around a crime
19a The thankyou letter coming from Athens originally (5)
THE followed by a thankyou
22a Construction associated with Hoover when put in as US president (5)
A huge construction named after President Herbert Hoover inside AS
28a A pacifist finally in position to pacify (7)
The A from the clue and the final letter of pacifisT inside a position
1d Small happy dog’s air of superiority (7)
S(mall) followed by a happy dog – just think about what a dog does when it’s happy!
2d One of those sweet words of affection or love (7)
Two definitions – and an excuse for a video!
6d Hit it big, ultimately, in royal house in European city (9)
The final letters (ultimately) of the first three words in the clue inside a British Royal House
7d Understanding not absent from mind, proverbially (7)
Start with the proverb about what is absent from the mind, then not indicates that you need to take the opposite (2,5)
14d Large number in middle of summer (9)
We saw a similar clue to this recently – what is represented, in Roman numerals, by the middle letters of suMMer
18d Change order right before meal — dig in without starters (7)
R(ight) followed by (before) mEAL dIG iN without their initial letters (starters)
20d Beethoven’s work, including his fourth, is rousing stuff (7)
One of Beethoven’s most famous works around (including) his fourth letter
23d Badger member of undistinguished trio (5)
… along with Tom and Dick
24d Pour cold water on a book of prophecy (5)
A verb meaning to pour cold water, maybe on to the garden, followed by the A from the clue gives one of the Books of the Prophets in the Old Testament
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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