Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2702 (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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7a On course, performing relatively well or rather poorly? (5,3)
On the golf course, performing relatively well – but rather poorly with respect to one’s health
11a Rip off, in a word, someone who’s reckless (8)
When split (4,4) this is a phrasal verb meaning to rip off and as a single word it is someone who is reckless
12a For example, football magazine’s linked with Liverpool, say (9,5)
A political magazine followed by the S from ‘S and a town with a harbour, like (say) Liverpool
15a Island with a lot of dance (4)
I(sland) preceded by (with) most of a gathering for dancing – the whole clue loosely describes the answer
17a What’s repeatedly found in grizzly bear, possibly, or other wild animal (5)
The letter that is repeated in griZZly followed by an anagram (possibly) of BEAR
19a Flamboyance — it’s not a word that can be seen in this clue (4)
It can be seen in the clue – but it’s not a word – shouldn’t there be only one of them?
20a Western crew showering after time for strenuous exercise (6-8)
W(estern) followed by a crew in the Boat Race and a verb meaning showering prece3ded by T(ime)
27a Scotch is what drunken revellers try, initially (6)
A verb meaning to scotch comes from an anagram (drunken) of WHAT followed by the initial letters of Revellers Try
28a Remove two wives, with a third mistreated inside (8)
W(ife) and W(ife) with an anagram (mistreated) of A THIRD inside
1d European carried by rail coming to Paddington, say (4)
E(uropean) inside (carried by) a rail
2d Pieced together picture of ancient lawgiver (6)
6d Politically co-operative oil company retaining current skilled worker (10)
A two-letter abbreviation for an oil company around the symbol used for electric current and followed by a skilled worker
8d Flamboyancy Scrabble player can never produce (7)
A word that can’t be constructed from the letter in a standard set of Scrabble® tiles – as pointed out in the comments, two of several alternative spellings of this word fit the grid
13d Kind of author that takes gamble with flier, originally (10)
a verb meaning to take a gamble followed by the surname of each of the brothers who pioneered flight
18d Not for touching (7)
21d Sporting and jovial male also having aesthetic interests (6)
The male pronoun followed by an adjective meaning having aesthetic interests
22d Insignificant type‘s critical comment on wine (6)
Split as (2,4) this could be a critical comment on a wine
26d Be first to play heavy metal? Doesn’t sound like it (4)
Two definitions – to be the first to play a card in a game like bridge and a heavy metallic element – both are spelt the same, but are pronounced differently (doesn’t sound like it)
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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