Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2733 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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There’s a new Monthly Prize Puzzle available.
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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Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Definitions are underlined in the clues.
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1a Apply equal weight against noble, monarch, and bishop with a weapon (14)
A charade of a foreign nobleman, our monarch, B(ishop), the A from the clue and a weapon
9a Musician given help by band-leader (7)
A word meaning to help preceded by the initial letter (leader) of Band
11a Spoils sound of old instrument (4)
The spoils of an illegal activity sound like an old musical instrument
14a Person who’s judgmental about husband, somewhat (6)
Someone who judges or assesses around H(usband)
15a Line on former PM, our counterpart of Charles de Gaulle (8)
A line preceded by the surname of a former Prime Minister gives London’s counterpart to Paris’s Charles de Gaulle
21a Run into experienced Tory in leading position, shown to be different (10)
R(un) inside a verb meaning experienced or tried preceded by (in leading position) a three-letter abbreviation for a Tory
24a Doctor heeding how Arab, for example, sounded (7)
This anagram (doctor) of HEEDING is how an Arab stallion might have sounded
26a Go through problem area on foot and split cost of cheap accommodation (10,4)
A charade of a three-letter word meaning go or vitality, a three-letter preposition meaning through or during, a four-letter problem area on the foot that can cause pain and suffering for those so afflicted and a four-letter verb meaning to split
1d Iced drink worker found at last (7)
Two definitions – the second being a tradesman who works at a last
2d Links son up with team, oddly taking on rugby, initially, not cricket (15)
An anagram (oddly) of LINKS SON UP with TEAM around the initial letter of Rugby
3d Understand it’s a little bit of a chestnut (4)
Two definitions – a verb meaning to understand or get and a little bit of a chestnut, or any other, tree
5d On radio, it includes Romeo and Juliet (8)
Romeo and Juliet phonetically represent letters in this when used on the radio
7d Fellow revised NT, reserved a location for text (7,3,5)
A fellow followed by an anagram (revised) of NT RESERVED A
16d Unfashionable drink, we hear — certainly no favourite (8)
A three-letter word meaning unfashionable followed by what sounds like (we hear) an alcoholic drink
19d Having one run on time in top gear (7)
A score of one run in cricket followed by T(ime) gives an item worn on the upper half of the body – the cricket term is in my new page on Cricket Terms and Abbreviations
23d Circular letter with enclosure, unsealed (4)
The circular letter followed by an enclosure
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