Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2699 (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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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 Reverentially treated male joining bank or put on board (4-10)
A charade of the male pronoun, a bank or tier, OR and a verb meaning put goods on board a sea-going vessel
9a Pieced together like information Government leader listed (7)
This verb meaning pieced together, for example information comes from a charade of the initial letter (leader) of Government and a verb meaning listed or inclined
12a In charge on paper that’s economical with words (11)
The abbreviation of In Charge preceded by (on in an across clue) a newspaper familiar to all solvers of this crossword
15a Centigrade conversion of actual temperature within Asian city (8)
C(entigrade) followed by an anagram (conversion) of ACTUAL into which T(emperature) has been inserted
17a Set out in ship, I hear (8)
An anagram (out) of SET inside a large passenger ship
22a Maker of current changes in schools one’s been expelled from earlier (11)
This device which changes, for example, alternating current into direct current is derived from a verb meaning schools or teaches without the I (one’s been expelled) followed by an adjective meaning earlier
27a What many shun, more or less? (4-6,4)
Many people dislike the use of these, and although “more” and “less” are, strictly speaking, examples (along with “what”, “many” and “shun”), they are not the ones that are shunned!
1d Excited over formal proposal — that’s clear for all to see (4-10)
An adjective meaning excited followed by a formal proposal
3d Watered around popular flowers for bouquet experts (4-7)
A three-letter verb meaning watered around a two-letter word meaning popular and followed by some flowers
5d Either piece of Crown Derby, for example (8)
A crown and a derby are both examples of this
8d Engaged in timely theft? (14)
A verb meaning engaged in the action that is proverbially known as the thief of time
13d What gives you potential to race clear? (11)
An anagram (what gives you potential) of TO RACE CLEAR
18d Prepare for attack from traditionalist and Tory (5,2)
The second consecutive hidden-word clue!
21d Significance of minutes grasped by one side on board (6)
M(inutes) inside (grasped by) I (one) and one of the sides of a ship
25d Jack and ten, initially, then ace, king, or queen (3)
The initial letter of Ten followed by A(ce) and the Latin abbreviation for either king or queen
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