Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2744 (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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1a Go round the world in MCC tour I’ve again organised, missing nothing (14)
An anagram (organised) of MCC T[O]UR I’VE AGAIN without (missing) the O (nothing)
10a Poet leading international group, as result of big hit in US (4,3)
A Greek epic poet followed by the international peacekeeping group
11a Off colour? (3)
The colour of card that a referee shows to a player he is sending off
15a Running one kind of entertainment (2-6)
This phrase meaning running away is the entertainment provided on an airliner
19a Not just dark, also raining perhaps? (6)
This adjective meaning not just or equitable could describe hair that is dark or slightly unpleasant weather
22a Diligent musical group ahead of us on river (11)
A musical group with three players and US preceded by a river in southern Asia
23a From taps, initially, a drink (3)
27a Travel with French writer mostly in mind to see how countries are run (14)
A two-letter word meaning to travel followed by most of a French science-fiction writer and an adverb meaning in a manner relating to the mind
1d Diminish captain’s position in game (8,6)
A verb meaning to diminish followed by the position on a ship where you might find the captain gives a card game
2d Raced around area, infuriated, in fast time (7)
Put a three-letter word meaning raced around A(rea) and an adjective meaning infuriated to get a time of fasting for Muslims
5d Check restraining macho types getting heated (8)
A three-letter verb meaning to check around (restraining) some macho types
8d Adventurously moving piece, rushed attempt to capture queen (6,8)
A chess piece, a verb meaning rushed and an attempt around the Queen’s regnal cipher
13d Discoverer of stars having latest count wrong (6,5)
This person who discovers future stars in entertainment and sport is an anagram (wrong) of LATEST COUNT
16d Person operating over time as supplier of delicacy (8)
Put a person operating in a hospital operating theatre around T(ime)
18d Cook for short time that’s rounded off (7)
A well-concealed anagram (off) of ROUNDED
25d Player who excels in matches, ignoring the odds (3)
Drop (ignoring) the odd letters from [m]A[t]C[h]E[s]
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