Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2708 (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 No other people can provide it, as a rule (4-10)
A cryptic definition of the rule of a country by its own people, especially after having been a colony.
9a Vehicle driver exhausted in fighting (7)
An alternate spelling of a driver of a horse-drawn vehicle is constructed by putting an adjective meaning exhausted or spent inside some fighting
10a Like male with pride, one numbered among mediaeval popes (7)
A three-letter name of an 11th century pope and his number
11a Frequently ring — daily, in short (3)
The letter shaped like a ring followed by the shortened name of a daily newspaper
15a Troublemaker, youth who ultimately reformed in gaol (8)
The final two letters of two words in the clue followed by an anagram (reformed) of IN GAOL
22a One in front of stage who’s at the mercy of masked man with knife? (11)
Someone watching a play could also be a patient on his way to an operation performed by a “masked man with knife”
27a Altered dress an aunt did — not uniform (14)
An anagram (altered) of DRESS AN AUNT DID
1d With part of barrel missing, one may be discharged for robbery (4-3,7)
A cryptic definition of a weapon that has had part of its barrel removed and is often used in a robbery
2d Kind of craft that matchless person may use (7)
… for his cigarette
3d Who’s got lineages sorted out? (11)
The whole of this semi-all-in-one clue is the definition – an anagram (sorted out) of got lineages
6d Author of little read book, so to speak (3)
The author of a book that sounds like (so to speak) the “little read book”
8d Foreign farmworker that’s delighted by effect of red setter or another dog (6,8)
A foreign national followed by the type of farmworker that is proverbially delighted by a red sky at night
13d Produced ‘Love’s Labours Lost’, say, fully performed many times (11)
A verb meaning produced a series of words starting with the same letter is a charade of a three-letter word meaning fully followed by a verb meaning performed many times
21d Caught in grip of South American snake in city there (6)
A three-letter verb meaning caught inside a South American snake
25d Scene of shooting established as part of court activity (3)
The scene of shooting a film is also a word meaning established and a part of a game played on a court [thanks to Crypticsue for pointing out that there are three definition, not two as I originally thought.]
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