Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2620 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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Happy New Year.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the more difficult clues and provide hints for them.
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1a Dated way of arranging a dozen beginnings for today’s solution (6,4)
Read this clue carefully as it provides help with the first three letters of twelve answers, including this one!
12a Passenger can choose train fare here (10,3)
… by reading the menu
17a Novelist and poet disturbed about revolutionary act (8)
This 19th century English novelist, best known for his Barsetshire and Palliser novels, is derived by putting an anagram (disturbed) of POET around (about) an act of revolving or turning
22a A university, though cut, helping, having secured one’s official permission (13)
Run together A from the clue, U(niversity, half of (cut) THO(ugh) and a helping itself placed around I (one) and the S from ‘S to get this official permission
24a Finally including me in relative increase (7)
Put the final letter of includinG and ME inside a female relativeto get a verb meaning to increase
27a Measurement system giving ancient city importance (4,6)
This system of measurement, used mainly for precious metals and gems, is a charade of an ancient city that was destroyed by the Greeks after they presented the occupants with a horse, giving rise to the saying Beware of Greeks bearing gifts, and a noun meaning importance or influence
1d Abandon ship (4)
A double definition – to abandon and an East Asian flat-bottomed sailing vessel
4d His support is guaranteed, yet so many appearing incomplete (3-3)
This person whose support is guaranteed is built up by stringing together three of the words in the clue after dropping the final letter from each (appearing incomplete)
7d One fruit mostly loaded inside a container … (7)
This fruit is created by putting most of an adjective meaning loaded or wealthy inside A from the clue and a container
8d … and another leader put in ground, we hear (10)
… and another fruit is a charade of a leader by virtue of his age and a word that sounds like to put in the ground or inter
23d Irish family group in circle around piano (4)
This Irish division of a tribe is created by putting a circle or clique around the abbreviation of piano – remembering the help given in 1 across!
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Today it’s Happy Birthday to Bebe Neuwirth (53) and Donna Summer (63)