Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2676 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +
The Independent on Sunday puzzle by Kairos, published in the newspaper last Sunday, is available online today. Kairos is the IoS alias of our very own Prolixic.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the more difficult clues and provide hints for them.
Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.
Could new readers please read the Welcome post before asking questions about the site.
Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Definitions are underlined in the clues.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submission
1a Inappropriate solution when one is dog-tired? (6)
A cryptic definition of a brief daytime sleep that is unlikely to be taken by a dog!
10a Produce picture with a backing that produces Oscar, say (5)
A verb meaning to produce a picture followed by the A from the clue all reversed (backing)
12a Cook’s vessel? Yes and no (7)
A vessel used for cooking (cook’s vessel, yes) and a seagoing vessel (cook’s vessel, no)
17a Not bound to put in force a principle of capitalism (4,10)
A charade of an adjective meaning not bound and verbs meaning to put in force and to force open
21a On first course study only a little (7)
A charade of a first course in a meal and a verb meaning to study
23a Family doctor at home is essential person (7)
A family followed by a local doctor and a two-letter word meaning at home
26a Flourishing group within party holding unemployed back (8)
A verb meaning flourishing or brandishing is derived by putting a group within a political party around (holding) the reversal (back) of an adjective meaning unemployed
27a Article penned by small youth providing glossy material (6)
The indefinite article inside (penned by) S(mall) and a youth
1d Restrict access to young woman if within country’s borders (8)
A young woman and IF inside the outer letters (borders) of CountrY
2d Presumably broad-minded salesperson (9)
This salesperson could cover a wide area
3d Belly dancer initially covered by sailor on sign (7)
The initial letter of Dancer inside (covered by) a sailor and a sign or portent
6d First of mud appearing before long in rainy season (7)
The initial letter of Mud followed by a phrase (2,4) meaning appearing before long
8d Primarily sandy, a hot and not half arid area (6)
The entire clue describes this sandy, hot, dry area – the initial letter (primarily) of Sandy followed by the A from the clue, H(ot), ARid without its final two letters (not half) and A(rea)
18d Conservative interrupting left is turned on (7)
C(onservative) inside (interrupting) a verb meaning left or departed gives an adjective meaning turned on or aroused
20d Refrain from laying directions on champ (6)
Two compass directions followed by a verb meaning to champ or masticate
22d Linguistic practices that could take setter and solver a lot of time (5)
The pronoun that could replace setter and solver followed by a lot of time
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
As this is a Prize crossword, please don’t put whole or partial answers or alternative clues in your comment, else they may be censored!
|Today it’s Happy Birthday to Nick Mason (69)|