Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2703 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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This could be the time to have a go at our Monthly Prize puzzle.
All of the entries received so far have given a different answer, and only one of them is correct!
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.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submission
1a Manual surfaces, covering small parts for service (6)
These manual surfaces are those on the human body – put them around S(mall) to get parts of a church service
10a It’s hard to be penniless (5)
An adjective meaning hard and the state of being penniless or broke
11a Europeans from North and South accepted by chaps of the old school (9)
S(outh) inside some chaps, like Cameron and Osborne, from an old school
12a Oddly I used to change outside — that’s doubly tiresome (7)
Two anagrams (doubly) that give the same result – oddly I USED TO and change OUTSIDE
14a Producer of sunflower oils (7,3,4)
A delightful cryptic definition of someone who “produced” a sunflower using oils
21a Concerning condition of course in progress (7)
A two-letter word meaning concerning followed by the condition of a horse-racing course
25a Clumsy writer held back by the aforementioned article (5)
An instrument used for writing is reversed (back) inside (held) a two-letter word which refers to a previously mentioned article
27a Hunted some elephants initially in part of Africa (6)
The initial letters of Some Elephants inside an African country
1d Fully convinced, as result of development (8)
two definitions – the second one being the result of developing a photograph
2d Evasion from a spokesperson about level of fighting (9)
The A from the clue followed by a spokesperson around a level of fighting used in Japanese combative sports
3d Month with foreigner in centre for traditional dance (7)
A charade of a month of the year and a foreigner
6d Handled weapon used in attack that’s carried out by woman (7)
Something with handles which is used by a woman, like Mrs Thatcher, to literally or metaphorically carry out an attack
7d Careless piece of writing, apart from first slow movement (5)
Start with a careless piece of writing and drop (apart from) the initial letter (first) of Slow
[Jezza has suggested that the initial letter could be dropped by “apart from first” and that leaves “slow movement” as a rather better definition]
9d County with it can prepare compact living quarters (3-7,4)
A charade of the abbreviated form of an English county, IT, a can and a verb meaning to prepare
15d Pure, like an unadorned lily, so to speak? (9)
This sounds like an adjective that could be applied to a lily that has not been adorned, as in the phrase which technically means applying gold to a lily but actually means attempting to beautify that which is already beautiful
19d Using shot in a hospital for extreme pain (7)
An anagram (shot) of USING inside the A from the clue and H(ospital)
22d Show amusement about a bit of corn (5)
A verb meaning to show amusement around the A from the clue
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!
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