Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2726 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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There’s still time to have a go at our latest 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 Another penny put in drunkard’s hat (6)
Start with a drunkard that includes a P(enny) and insert another P(enny)
11a Fail to justify inconclusive opinion (5)
Drop (inconclusive) the final F from an opinion
13a Least disciplined author joining Lawrence or James, say (7)
The surname of an Irish author and playwright followed by the title accorded to both Lawrence and James, among otherw
14a Get wind of small change in Washington (5)
S(mall) followed by some US coinage (change in Washington)
15a Source of books in computer catalogue for one month, in short? (8)
To get this person who writes books put the usual single-letter prefix for a computer or internet facility and a catalogue after the abbreviated form of one of the months of the year
18a Wherein a critic, theoretically, gets support from both sides (8)
A cryptic definition of where someone who offers advice, but never shows that they could actually do any better, sits (gets support)
25a Legs of round trip in uninhabited area (7)
Run together both legs of a round-trip (3 and 4) to give an uninhabited area
27a Not straight about signs of debt, oddly (9)
An adjective meaning not straight around the signs of a debt that are usually scribbled on paper
29a Part of string that’s new in old violin (6)
N(ew) inside a famous old violin
1d Mechanically write bad acts with no variation in roles (8)
A verb meaning to write mechanically followed by an anagram (bad) of ACTS gives an adjective that describes an actor who always plays the same sort of part
2d Lying about note enclosed by me, so irreverent (7)
An adjective meaning lying or xxx around (about) the note that comes between me and so in the musical scale
5d Reject most of the argument concerning committee (5,9)
Most of TH(e) followed by a three-letter argument, a four-letter word meaning concerning and a committee
7d I’m going to head to make complaint (7)
An abbreviated for of I am going to (1’2) followed by a headland
9d Playing first recital badly – that’s what editor writes (7,7)
A verb meaning playing first or showing the way followed by an anagram (badly) of RECITAL
16d Leaves when one should be ready to retire (6,3)
This verb meaning leaves or decamps is also the time to retire for the night, in a boarding school, barracks, etc.
19d Men on board overlapping in the middle? That’s cheating (7)
Two four-letter chessmen share a letter (overlapping in the middle)
21d For this British city, what’s bigger than a Tchaikovsky masterpiece? (7)
My favourite clue! Start with a Tchaikovsky masterpiece (4,4) and increase the size of the body of water
24d Large-hearted entertainer, musical writer (5)
L(arge) inserted into the middle (heart) of an entertainer gives a famous composer (musical writer)
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