Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2715 (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 Spread in breadth, say (6)
B(readth) followed by a verb meaning to say
4a Mighty hunter‘s sleeping quarters at home turned over (6)
A four-letter abbreviated form of some sleeping quarters and a word meaning at home, all reversed (turned over) – 10a/12a may provide some additional help!
10a/12a Pieces by 21 Down, such as 4 — and 22? (6,10)
These pieces were written by the composer who is the answer to 21d – 4a is one of them and 22a can be derived from this answer
16a Miles covered by fellow, one sailing in competition (12)
M(iles) inside a fellow and followed by I (one) and a phrase meaning sailing (2,4)
22a Mischievous young woman finally detonating an explosive device (6)
The final letter of denotinG followed by the indefinite article and an explosive device– 10a/12a may provide some additional help!
24a Score under 100 — that’s significant when opener’s dropped (6)
I loved this one! – the value that is a score under 100 is derived by dropping the initial letter (opener) from an adjective meaning significant
25a Alarm time set by mistake (6)
T(ime) followed by a mistake
1d Occasion for celebration, often involving light blow-out? (8)
A cryptic definition of an occasion at which lights are often blown out
2d No-win situations besetting mass publication (5)
Situations in which neither side is winning around (besetting) M(ass)
7d Set piece generally spotted in each half (6)
Or to put it differently – a piece, which is part of a set, on which each half of the face has a number of spots (usually!)
9d Page with line inserted in necessary rewrite for scripts (11)
Insert P(age) and L(ine) inside an anagram (rewrite) of NECESSARY
15d Having left, is about to catch up, one hears (8)
L(eft) and IS followed by the reversal (up in a down clue) of words meaning about and to catch
18d Too old to have romance and passion? Not 50, for a start (4-3)
A charade of words meaning romance and passion from which the initial L (50 in Roman numerals) has been dropped
21d Composer turning fifty in years, right? (5)
The reversal (turning) of the Roman numeral for fifty inside a number of years is followed by R(ight)
There are two events very cleverly interwoven into this puzzle, which can be solved without knowledge of either.
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