Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2686 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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Why not have a go at our April Prize puzzle?
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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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.
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1a Unwanted things on car standard family acquires over short time (7,7)
A three-letter word for standard or usual followed by a three-letter word for family and a verb meaning acquires around a short period of time
9a Choose how to make one’s entrance, we hear, as fighter in ring (7)
What sounds like (we hear) a request to choose how to make one’s entrance (4,1,4) is actually a fighter in a bullring
10a Puzzle — carefully study what makes mine go off (7)
This verb meaning to puzzle comes from a charade of a verb meaning to study followed by the device used to make a mine go off
11a Settled one of several pieces of political instability militarily (3)
Hidden (one of several pieces) inside the clue not once, not twice but three times
19a Line very bad? Not bad enough to cause offence (6)
L(ine) followed by an adjective meaning very bad
23a Almost die as young animal (3)
… this die is the singular of dice!
27a Supporting and helping colleague, in a manner that’s relatively consistent (14)
A three-letter word meaning supporting followed by a helping and a colleague
1d University in part of London is getting into a misguided attempt to widen appeal (14)
U(niversity) inside a part of London followed by IS and an anagram (misguided) of INTO A
3d Hard-working American men in a tub, say, falling in river (11)
The two-letter abbreviation for American followed by a word that describes , for example (say), the group of men in a tub who feature in a famous nursery rhyme inside (falling in) an Asian river
4d Not the common choice between unexceptional alternatives for growth area (6)
The other alternative to “common” in a choice between unexceptional alternatives (6-2-6)
7d One way to secure money soundly tied up (7)
Sounds like a five-letter word for a way of securing money, particularly for one’s children
8d From which things are bound to be borrowed, presumably with interest (7,7)
A cryptic definition of a public building from which bound items may be borrowed
16d Left veteran at sea in strong easterly wind (8)
L(eft) followed by an anagram (at sea) of VETERAN
18d A strange team sport upset one kind of player (7)
The A from the clue followed by an anagram (strange) of TEAM and a sport reversed (upset in a down clue)
21d Parking provided in Asian city for ancient games site (6)
P(arking) inside an Asian city gives this ancient games site situated on the southern slopes of Mount Parnassus
25d Snake‘s adversary — Saint Patrick, originally (3)
This snake is derived from the initial letters (originally) of three words in the clue – pertinent because St Patrick is credited with driving all the snakes out of Ireland
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