Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2748 (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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Some hints follow:
1a Slender, small, and easy to lift (6)
S(mall) followed by an adjective that describes something that is easy to lift
10a Hint on page spotted? (6)
A verb meaning to hint or suggest preceded by P(age)
12a Look after leg — it’s 9 Down, say (10)
A verb meaning to look after or care for followed by the two-letter word for the leg side in cricket and the expanded version of it’s
13a Not flexible at home, passing around front of goal (12)
The two-letter word for at home followed by an adjective meaning passing or momentary around the initial letter (front) of G[oal]
20a Have responsibility about Eastern vase, initially, holding water? (10)
A phrasal verb meaning to have responsibility (2,6) around E(astern) and the initial letter of V[ase] gives an adjective meaning holding water or making sense
22a Large snake — it goes the other way on board (6)
L(arge) followed by Britain’s only poisonous snake gives an item on a board game that goes the other way to a snake
23a Young women holding right tools for plumbers (8)
A slightly derogatory word for young women around (holding) R(ight)
25a World record time shortened, finally (2,4)
A record of maps of the world followed by T(ime)
1d British money’s sound in Scottish city (8)
This Scottish city sounds like British money
2d I had taken over island, in a manner of speaking (5)
The abbreviation for I had followed by the abbreviation for an island in the Irish Sea
3d After red card, chaps, lacking leader? Cheer up (7)
One of the red suits of playing cards followed by some chaps without (lacking) their initial letter (leader)
6d Select group of MPs, perhaps, to pledge support for ball (9)
A verb meaning to pledge or promise followed by a support for a golf ball
9d Unusually intense blow resulting in problem for person serving (6,5)
An anagram (unusually) of INTENSE BLOW gives a form of 12 across that affects a person who serves a ball in a game
18d Thwart gathering arranged to promote business? (7)
Split as (2,5) this could be a gathering arranged to promote a business
19d Last month, in short, a politician beat it (6)
The abbreviated form of the last month of the year followed by the A from the clue and a politician
21d Take care of leading man with a hot drink (5)
The abbreviation for Care Of followed by the abbreviation for a leading military officer and the A from the clue
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