Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2714 (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 Keep tight grip on mechanism controlling engine (6)
10a It encourages popular change for Americans, I have to conclude (9)
A two-letter word for popular followed by the kind of change an American might have in his pocket and the abbreviation for “I have”
11a It’s not good to drive into these carriages (5)
Two definitions – the first one especially for golfers
13a Offer a lot, as you said, in legal case (7)
A verb meaning to offer a lot for sale is derived by putting the letter that sounds like (said) you inside a legal case
14a Girl‘s good time in Paris, going by air (5)
This girl’s name is part of a song (going by air) about a good time to be in Paris
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23a What makes men poorly in India etc is no problem for elephants (7)
An anagram (poorly) of MEN inside the land mass of which India is a part, along with numerous other countries
26a Daft way in which judge, referee, or umpire reaches conclusion (5)
They way (2,2,1) in which each of three words in the clue finish (reaches conclusion)
29a In New York or Washington, say, Democrat is announced (6)
As well as being cities, the type of territory of which New York and Washington are examples (say) followed by D(emocrat)
1d Lawless section of Pacific Rim, in Alaska (8)
Hidden (section of) inside the clue
3d New composition for cantor left to female singer (9)
An anagram (new composition) of CANTOR followed by L(eft) and TO
5d RA, perhaps, excited about best people in art school (3-11)
An anagram (excited) of RA PERHAPS around the pick or best of anything
6d Like area of Greece once that’s reached by final flight (5)
Two definitions – the second one being that part of a house that is reached by the final flight of stairs
8d Acting to contain onset of sickness? (6)
In this &Lit / all-in-one clue a verb meaning acting as in taking action around (to contain) the initial letter (onset) of Sickness
16d Coaches, for example, after short time controlled game (9)
The short form of T(ime) followed by a three-letter verb meaning controlled and a game or recreation
22d List of charges provided after scoundrel upset female (6)
A two-letter word meaning provided after the reversal (upset in a down clue) of a scoundrel and followed by F(emale)
24d Top player without piano to perform quick movement (5)
A top player in, for example, a tennis tournament around (without) P(iano)
I’ve been having a lazy morning after a log, tiring but very enjoyable day in Wapping.
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