Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2743 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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Have you solved the May 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 Like beer provided by clubs, a little rough (6)
An adjective that describes beer as being like one of its constituents preceded by C(lubs)
10a Business leader I betray, one of four beginning on board (6)
The initial letter (leader) of Business followed by I and a verb meaning to betray gives one of four similar pieces that are on the chess board at the start of the game
11a Movement in which you’ll find people with convictions (4)
Two definitions – a movement or activity and a colloquial word for a place in which you’ll find people with criminal convictions
13a Factionalism making old weapons trendy (12)
Some halberd-like weapon with twin axe-blades followed by an adjective meaning trendy
16a Encouraging to hold copies back as parsimonious behaviour (12)
A verb meaning encouraging or uplifting around the reversal (back) of a verb meaning copies
20a Part of exam, oddly, I get right — not a real threat (5,5)
A part of an exam containing a set of questions followed by an anagram (oddly) of I GET and R(ight)
22a Previously support European (6)
A phrasal verb meaning to support (2,3) followed by E(uropean)
25a Line penned by author with difficulty (6)
L(ine) inside (penned by) the surname of a famous author
1d Altered raincoat from area in Europe (8)
An anagram (altered) of RAINCOAT
2d It could be the usual architectural style (5)
Two definitions – a request for one’s usual drink and any of the classical styles of architecture
5d Left in bar, is hard to get out (7)
L(eft) between a bar or inn and IS H(ard)
7d Demonstrator in rain not sounding the same (6)
Two homonyms – words having the same spelling, but not the same sound, as another, but a different meaning
9d Prophetic vision assistant’s seen on location, we hear (6,5)
An assistant, typically one helping a boxer, followed by what sounds like (we hear) a location
15d Not following uniform style, oddly? (8)
An adverb that could mean not the opposite of odd-ly
18d Skill in place for orchestra with a set of musical compositions (7)
Some skill inside the part of a theatre in which the orchestra is to be found followed by the A from the clue
21d Churchman or academic upset about king that’s defenceless (5)
A four-letter word for a churchman or an academic is reversed (upset in a down clue) around K(ing)
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