Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2709 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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There’s still time to enter the September Prize puzzle.
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 Relatively generous contribution for fatherless child (6,4)
This could be the child of a mother whose husband has died
6a He didn’t have a single passenger on his vessel (4)
… because they were all in pairs
9a Novice in better shape, capturing rook or queen (7)
An adjective meaning in better shape around (capturing) either the chess notation for a rook or the Latin abbreviation for queen
12a Declaration from key people in court following part of speech (13)
A musical key and some people inside the abbreviation of C(our)T all following a part of speech
15a Short publication about river or small stream (8)
A short publication around R(iver)
19a European article on cause of ill-feeling (6)
The two-letter indefinite article preceded by (on) something that can cause one to feel ill
22a Lacking power to hold naughty child, a head is blameless (13)
An adjective meaning lacking power around a naughty or mischievous child and a word meaning “a head”, as in “admission is £5 a head”
27a Had match with county represented as unimportant (6,4)
A verb meaning had a match with followed by one of the six counties that form Northern Ireland
1d Pack animal run over (4)
Reverse (over) a verb meaning to run like water
2d Study about a daughter and father showing no emotion (7)
A study around the A from the clue, D(aughter) and a two-letter word for a father
5d They could be upset, extremely, over any rent revision (8)
The whole of this &Lit clue collectively defines these people – the final letter (extremelt) of upseT followed by an anagram (revision) of ANY RENT
8d Male with saying about one liable to lose (10)
The male pronoun followed by a verb meaning saying around I (one) gives a word describing someone who is proverbially liable to lose
13d In the end , level with union supporter (10)
An adjective meaning level followed by the abbreviation for a union of workers and a supporter or friend
16d Never meeting standard a European set in 50s (8)
A standard score in golf and the A from the clue followed by E(uropean) inside (set in) three of the Roman numerals for 50
18d Crook that could do a lot of damage in Midwest (7)
Two definitions – a crook who swindles people and a North American (Midwest) word for a strong wind that causes a lot of damage
23d Architect that constructs home in tree (4)
Two definitions – a famous architect and something that constructs its home in tree
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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