Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2713 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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1a One may be full of beans, after short time behind bars (3,3)
The abbreviation (short) for T(ime) followed by a colloquial phrase meaning behind bars (2,3)
4a Dime novel used in major movie, resulting in widespread complaint (8)
An anagram (novel) of DIME inside a major movie
10a Times appearing after minimal change in paper’s content (5)
Some times or periods after the smallest coin that might be in one’s change
14a Typical MP, for instance (14)
17a Instruction for players that indicates where coach is heading (5,9)
This instruction given to players in the theatre could describe where a horse-drawn coach is heading
23a Cautious piano tuner perturbed about key (7)
The adjective that was incorrectly ascribed to Gordon Brown’s stewardship of the Exchequer is derived from P(iano) followed by an anagram (perturbed) of TUNER around a musical key
25a Either part of hardback writer’s pronouncement (5)
Take either of the two definitions that are run together – hard and back – to get a word that sounds like (pronouncement) the surname of the writer of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy
27a Ill-fated sailor‘s change of course (6)
An anagram (change) of COURSE
1d A person who’s trying, in attempt to make woven fabric (8)
The A from the clue and a trying or troublesome person inside an attempt
3d A bishop only accepts very limited pardon for sins (7)
The A from the clue, B(ishop) and a word meaning only around (accepts) the abbreviation (limited) of V(ery)
6d Like Antarctica, say, cold (7)
An adjective that could (say) describe how far away it is to Antarctica also means cold or remote
8d Were sailors coarse in speech? (6)
Sounds like (in speech) an adjective meaning coarse
9d Cowards holding French city finally released author (7,7)
Some cowards around (holding) a French city and the final letter of released
18d Progressive leader in Indian state? (2-5)
Split as (3,4) this could be a leader in an Indian state
19d Craft seen in conjurer’s first trick taking one in, right? (7)
This craft is the kind that is used by the Royal Navy – the initial letter (first) of Conjurer followed by a trick around (taking … in) I (one) and finally R(ight)
22d Appeal of Daily Mail’s leader (5)
A daily cleaner followed by the initial letter (leader) of Mail
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