Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2725 (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 Tory leader once including Labour leader in toast (6)
A former left-wing Tory Prime Minister around (including) the initial letter (leader) of Labour
10a French artist who represented his subject thoughtfully (5)
A cryptic definition of a French sculptor which alludes to one of his most famous works – I don’t think the setter had The Kiss in mind!
13a People holding it so stupidly in water a bit (7)
Some (male) people around an anagram (stupidly) of IT SO
14a Endless attacks on board in no-win situation (9,5)
A slightly cryptic definition of a situation in chess in which one player’s king is continually attacked by the other player who may thereby claim a draw
21a Unable to relax in the lead, with little room for manoeuvre (7)
A two-letter word meaning in the lead followed by an adjective meaning with little room for manoeuvre
23a Clergyman dropping second one in church (7)
Although this is an easy clue – drop the second I (one) from a clergyman – it’s worth pointing out to aspiring setters that Virgilius has indicated which I (of two) is to be dropped
24a Difficulty for reader, indeed, in English school (3,6)
A three-letter word meaning indeed or positively inside E(nglish) and a verb meaning to school
27a A Conservative getting together with left, it’s clear (6)
The A from the clue and C(onservative) followed by a verb meaning left or departed give a verb meaning to clear someone from a criminal charge
1d Key work included by author that’s printed out (4,4)
A musical key and the two-letter abbreviation for a musical work inside the surname of the well-known author who set most of his novels in the semi-fictional region of Wessex
3d Uncovered area on top in fashionable style? Certainly (7)
A three-letter word for a fashionable style followed by a word meaning certainly
5d A cold kind of praise about quiet exploit (14)
The A from the clue and C(old) are followed by a kind of praise or flattery around an exhortation to keep quiet to give an exploit or achievement
6d In part of Ireland, is uncouth and aggressive (7)
Put the IS from the clue inside an Irish county in the province of Leinster
7d Suitable music for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? (5)
Add up the number of players and you have the suitable music!
9d They allow one to pay for fare on train (10,4)
… what you need to know is that this fare is food!
16d Extremely mad king that is beset by dread (8)
The Latin abbreviations for king and “that is” inside (beset by) dread or anxiety
20d Prince as rugby forward (6)
The two-letter abbreviation for Rugby Union followed by an adjective meaning forward or cheeky
22d Communicate in a way that’s short, time after time (5)
This modern form of communication is derived by putting a Scottish word for short or small and T(ime) after another T(ime)
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|RIP Eusébio da Silva Ferreira (25 January 1942 – 5 January 2014)|