Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2741 (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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7a Devotee covering half of idol with blossom (8)
The second half of idOL inside some blossom
9a Choose as successor — isn’t accepting refusal (6)
A slang word for isn’t around (accepting) a refusal
10a It’s held back in month? That’s debatable (6)
The reversal (back) of IT inside (held) a literary term for a month
12a Harmoniously settled scores, making speeches about case, right? (14)
These musical (harmoniously settled) scores are derived from some speeches around a five-letter word for a case and R(ight)
17a Boxer, for example, getting his start in part of old film (5)
Neither a dog nor a pugilist, this Boxer was popularised by the film 55 Days at Peking – put the initial letter of Boxer inside the part of an old film that once needed to be changed to be able to see the next part
20a Catching small boy in greedy behaviour, being highly judgmental? (14)
S(mall) and a three-letter boy’s name inside greedy behaviour – note the question mark which indicates that the definition is cryptic
23a Converted by force, was hesitant (8)
A verb meaning converted preceded by F(orce)
28a Flier showing part of menu that changes (8)
This bird is cunningly hidden (part of) inside the clue
1d In which horsemen attack and defend traveller (4)
Two definitions – a game played on horseback and a famous 13th century Venetian traveller
2d Travel over snow to butcher, say (6)
Sounds like a verb meaning to butcher or kill
4d Something attractive that’s good in artist (6)
G(ood) inside an Impressionist artist
5d Pre-eminent doctor in Midlands team (8)
One of the two-letter abbreviations for a doctor inside an East Midlands football team
6d Strange leanings about monarch, initially, who lives in castle? (10)
An anagram (strange) of LEANINGS around the abbreviated form of address for a monarch gives a person whose home is his castle
14d Unpaid worker? British in origin (5)
B(ritish) inside an origin or foundation
16d Short rest, mostly time off on the river (8)
Most of some time off work followed by THE and R(iver)
18d Be harsh critic of English writer as leader of trend (7)
An English writer who often used Elia as an alias followed by AS and the initial letter (leader) of Trend
21d Patriotic composer retained by monarch for lucrative job (6)
The composer of the music for the patriotic tune Rule, Brittannia! inside the regnal cypher for our monarch
26d Short time, repeatedly, for religious group (4)
A three-letter abbreviation for a short period of time followed by the shortened/abbreviated form of T(ime)
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