Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2700 (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 Challenge over part of form I release to public (10)
A verb meaning to challenge around a part of form and the I from the clue – I’m not sure about this wordplay element being part of a form, it is usually synonymous with a form; I did look at its use in grammar but remain unconvinced
6a Gang was audibly triumphant (4)
Two definitions – not a homophone!
12a Savagery around a king that’s not personally experienced (13)
A word meaning savagery around the A from the clue and the Latin abbreviation for king
15a Go-between one somehow has to admire (8)
An anagram (somehow) of TO ADMIRE
19a Unknown leading African country replaced by good leader in this one (6)
Replace the mathematical unknown at the start of an African country with the initial letter (leader) of G(ood) to get another African country
22a Check about second work of poet (13)
A check around S(econd)
26a Not quite as depressed, how one can perform (4)
A word meaning as followed by nearly all (not quite) of an adjective meaning depressed
27a Source of illumination to secure inside staircase (10)
A verb meaning to secure with a rope or cord inside another word for a staircase
1d Part of Ireland (see above) (4)
The answer is given immediately above the clue!
3d Go from nine to five with 50 per cent less effort thus? (13)
Travelling in this direction one gets from nine to five with 50 per cent less effort than by going in the opposite direction!
5d Understood grief at home defeat to some extent (8)
Yet another 4 down example of Virgilius’s skill in hiding (to some extent) the answer in the clue
7d Pay more attention, as doctor, to back (7)
This could mean to pay attention, as a doctor, to a patient more than once
8d Extra small page perused, in general (10)
An extra in cricket followed by S(mall), P(age) and a verb meaning perused
16d Relating to community in that way, clubs I and others joined (8)
A charade (joined) of a two-letter word meaning in that way, C(lubs), I and a two-word Latin phrase meaning the others (2,20
20d Being inclined to disallow ruler’s financial activity? (7)
Two separate definitions surround the wordplay – a verb meaning to disallow followed by a ruler or sovereign
23d Recited pieces of poetry, quite an achievement (4)
Sounds like a technical word for piece of a line of poetry; each line of an iambic pentameter comprises five of these
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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