Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2724 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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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 Place for pictures taken from medicine man (6)
Hidden (taken from) inside the clue
10a What singers and musicians do ain’t bad on record (9)
An anagram (bad) of AIN’T follows a verb meaning to record
11a Match, for example, that’s not serious (5)
Two definitions – a match is an example of the first definition and the second is an adjective meaning not serious
13a Almost crossing part of Welsh border – we’ll reach it soon (3,4)
An adverb meaning almost around a river that forms part of the border between England and Wales
15a Start off sick in this hospital that’s rather crowded? (8)
Drop the initial letter (start) from (S)ICK and insert what’s left inside THIS H(ospital)
18a Maintaining distance apart, cut line with everyone aboard (8)
A verb meaning to cut or trim and L(ine) around (with … aboard) a word meaning everyone
26a Show aggression as boxer, good left securing fight (5)
… this boxer is a dog
27a Claim in opposition to government leader, using statistical procedure (9)
A verb meaning to claim or state followed by a colloquial word for “in opposition to” and the initial letter (leader) of Government
29a Section of First Amendment that’s a bit of a bloomer (6)
Hidden (section of) inside the clue
1d Take oneself off rota – clue must be revised (5,3)
An anagram (must be revised) of ROTA CLUE
2d Remarked how plain cake is? (7)
Split as (3,4) this describes a plain cake!
3d End up including speaker in temporary stoppages (9)
Reverse (up in a down clue) a three-letter word meaning an end or purpose around (including) a speaker
7d Revolutionary measures creating distinctions that are academic (7)
The units used to measure angles are also academic distinctions
8d Character that’s referred to as ‘Mother’ (6)
This character or personality can also be preceded by Mother to describe a creative and controlling force affecting the world
16d Shifted stick in racing vehicle to get going (4-5)
An anagram (shifted) of STICK inside a vehicle raced by many F1 drivers at the start of their careers
17d One element or another turned over, with supporting information (8)
OR followed by an(other) element are reversed (turned over) with some information underneath (supporting)
19d Salt put on sole and shellfish (7)
A salt or sailor followed by a word meaning sole or single
22d Calamitous end of aircraft, with smoke rising (6)
… this smoke is a something used by a smoker!
24d Small piece of land surrounded by water has a tenant (5)
Split as (2,3) this means that a property has a tenant
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