Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2617 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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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 Antarctic cools abnormally — that’s collectively agreed (6,8)
An anagram (abnormally) of ANTARCTIC COOLS gives a collective agreement to cooperate, for example by sacrificing some individual freedom for state protection
10a Butterfly, one that’s not common (7)
This type of butterfly also means someone, like a king or queen, who is not a commoner
11a With ultimate correctness, expelling a small child (3)
Take an phrase (2,1,1) that means “with ultimate correctness” or, as Chambers gives, “with, perfect exactness” and then drop the A (expelling A) to get a small child
15a E.g., sailor or gaoler is misbehaving in women’s quarters (8)
Two anagrams (misbehaving) for the price of one – EG SAILOR or GAOLER IS – either gives the women’s quarters in a harem
27a Terse appreciation of gift could make one tense (7,7)
What could be a terse appreciation of a gift is actually a form of a verb – in this case the one used to express a past event that has current consequences; an example is “I have eaten” (so I’m not hungry)
1d Transcribe date incorrectly, unable to think clearly (14)
An anagram (incorrectly) of TRANSCRIBE DATE gives an adjective meaning unable to think clearly
3d Taken in by police without husband, giving testimony (11)
Start with a phrase (2,3,7) that could mean taken in by the police then drop the H (without Husband) to get a verb meaning giving testimony
4d Orator showing constant unfriendliness to leaders in Rome (6)
This famous Roman orator is a charade of the letter used to represent a constant, usually the speed of light, a word meaning unfriendliness or coolness and the first two letters (leaders) of RO(me)
7d South of cape, a French composer in Spanish ship (7)
Under (south of in a down clue) C(ape) put A and the Frenchman who composed Bolero to get a small, fast Spanish sailing ship of the 15th–17th centuries
25d Transport not fully occupied, mostly broken down (3)
This form of public transport has two clues for the price of one (there must be a sale on today!) – most of a word meaning occupied or working and most of a word meaning broken down or defective
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