Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2722 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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There’s still time to have a go at our December Prize puzzle.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a number of the more difficult clues and provide hints for them.
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1a Everything I had put on page is colourless (6)
A word meaning everything and the abbreviated form of I had both preceded by P(age)
4a Performances in ring mostly about dominant power (6)
Most of a Latin word for about followed by the world’s dominant military power
8a First-class spinner plays in Asia, including Test cricket initially (3-5)
A spinning toy followed by some Japanese dramas (plays) around the initial letters of Test Cricket – note that the plural of the Japanese drama is the same as the singular!
12a One’s in an utterly crazy position no supporter would adopt (10)
I (one) inside an anagram (crazy) of AN UTTERLY
20a Small square advertisement covered bedroom item (4-6)
A small number that is a square followed by an advertisement
22a People in charge turned area into place for pictures (6)
Some people and the abbreviation of In Charge all reversed (turned) followed by A(rea)
25a Daughter called back, making peremptory request (6)
D(aughter) and a verb meaning called all reversed (back)
1d Old line included by villain, under pressure, in opening speech (8)
O(ld) and L(ine) inside (included by) a villain, all preceded by (under in a down clue) P(ressure)
3d Passionate kind of verbal difference (7)
Split as (2,5) this is how a verb can differ in time from another
5d Receive, in a way, popular monarch, surrounded by success (7)
This verb meaning to receive or be bequeathed is derived from a two-letter word meaning popular followed by the regnal cipher of our monarch inside (surrounded by) a success
9d Person who cares for property, e.g. backbencher? (5-6)
this person who cares for a property while the owner is away could be a backbench MP
15d Two points in long passage put on TV (8)
Two compass points inside a long tedious passage of writing
18d Animal from Africa, from its centre, held up in error (7)
The middle two letters (from … centre) of AfRIca reversed (held up in a down clue) inside an error
19d Manager installing single piece of office equipment (6)
Someone who manages or gets by around (installing) I (single)
21d Match garment with front part of another (5)
A garment followed by the initial letter (front part) of Another
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