Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2734 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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1a Religious teacher and Edward informally talked (8)
A Jewish religious teacher followed by the three-letter affectionate form of Edward
9a Coming out of hotel, even though it’s after ten (8)
hidden (coming out of) inside the clue
15a Highest number on clock in taxi indicated? (6)
The Roman numerals for this number are hidden (in) inside the clue
16a Guy‘s instruction to boxer, perhaps (4)
Two definitions – a guy rope and an instruction that might be given to the kind of animal of which the boxer is an example (perhaps)
20a Given and returned, coming back in fall, autumn (6)
This adjective meaning given and returned or reciprocal is hidden (in) and reversed (coming back) inside the clue
21a It’s used by typist, but not for letters (5,3)
… because it’s on the keyboard
23a Sacred books we sent out, getting positive response time after time (3,9)
An anagram (out) of WE SENT followed by the biblical positive response meaning “so let it be”, especially at the end of a prayer, and T(ime) with the latter two elements preceded by (after) the other T(ime)
28a Lots of fish caught for men on board (8)
Two definitions – lots of fish in nets and some men or pieces on a board game
2d Would-be revolutionary partisan (8)
This would- be is an anagram (revolutionary) of PARTISAN
3d Nothing to wear for annual event? (8,4)
A cryptic definition of what we all wear on arrival in this world!
4d King’s supporter, it’s said, no longer in the saddle (6)
The item of furniture that a king sits on sounds like an word meaning no longer in the saddle because you unwillingly came off the horse
6d Move up the right men, though lacking leaders (8)
Drop (lacking) the initial letters (leaders) from three words in the clue
7d Where to find Nicaraguan or Guatemalan, or old Peruvian (4)
Split as (2,2) this could be where to find a Nicaraguan or a Guatemalan
8d Article about one extremely dishonest activity (8)
The definite article around I (one) and followed by an adverb meaning extremely
12d Checking under normal conditions big game bagged by novelist (5-7)
A big game of cricket inside the surname of an 18th century male author or a 21st century female one
24d Source for four-letter word repeated in Shakespeare comedy (4)
This source of water appears twice in the title of one of Shakespeare’s comedies
25d A royal I revered, ultimately, inspired with respect (4)
The A from the clue followed by how royals, especially Queen Victoria (and famously Maggie Thatcher), refer to themselves and the final letter (ultimately) of inspired
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