Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2739 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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There’s a new Monthly Prize Puzzle available right now – can you solve the mystery?
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 Revised opinion, albeit ahead of time, penned by assistants (6,8)
A six-letter word meaning albeit and T(ime) inside (penned by) some assistants, originally those assisting the protagonists in a duel and latterly boxers in the ring
9a Warning about British area, region of North America (7)
A warning around B(ritish) and followed by A(rea)
12a It may be superfluous on tradesman’s sign and idiotic too, perhaps (10)
Grocers, and greengrocer’s, are notorious for the unnecessary and inappropriate use of this on their signs – it’s an anagram (idiotic) of TOO PERHAPS
14a Reported in ineffective fashion in this publication (6)
Sounds like (reported) an adverb meaning in an ineffective fashion
15a Part of Victoria’s political policy (8)
… not Queen Victoria but the railway station named after her
17a Believer, of a sort, at hospital, in severe pain (8)
AT and H(ospital) inside a severe pain
24a Illustrations showing pair right inside rescue craft (7)
The number that makes up a pair and R(ight) inside Noah’s rescue craft
25a Agile performer in a cricket club gathering century, then run out (7)
The A from the clue and a club used by a cricketer to hit the ball around the abbreviation for Century (which is also the Roman numeral for a century) and the abbreviation for Run Out
26a Vigorously spoken, a heroine’s needed to remain calm (4,4,4,2)
An anagram (vigorously) of SPOKEN A HEROINE – when the second word of a phrase like this can be either of two alternatives, it is usual in crosswords, as here, that the impersonal form be used unless it is clearly indicated that the other alternative is required
1d Superficial spectacle excluding nobody? (7)
A spectacle with a word meaning everybody inside – two negatives making a positive!
2d Small volume that, in short, is morocco bound? (5,10)
The abbreviation (in short) for this small metric volume can be found inside (is … bound) moroCCo
6d Information on English helping peer group (10)
A three-letter word for information followed by E(nglish) and a helping or share
7d Very large figure that may be kept in cell (9,6)
This very large figure could be kept in a cell or mobile
13d Type of red stuff left in pub, good or bad (5,5)
L(eft) inside an anagram (bad) of PUB GOOD OR
17d Long garment in prison covering Jack’s behind (6)
An alternative spelling of this long garment is derived by putting a slang word for a prison around the nautical (Jack’s / sailor’s) term for behind – I bet I wasn’t the only one who tried to fit the final letter (behind) of JacK into the wordplay
19d Powerful person’s pronouncement put an end to slacking (7)
Sounds like (pronouncement) a powerful person, beautifully defined by Chambers as “a person of great intellect but not the highest inspiration”
23d Musical performance that’s partial, missing bits left, right, and centre (4)
Start with the word PARTIAL and then drop (missing) the letters (bits) on the left, right and centre.
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