Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2710 (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 Bring up opinion with paper that shows what’s coming to pass (4,4,6) [Newspaper version (4-4,6)]
There’s a mistake in the enumeration of this clue in the online version of the puzzle: according to both Chambers (12th edition) and the ODE (2010 edition) it should be (4-4,6) – a verb meaning to bring up or nurture followed by an opinion and a national newspaper gives something that shows a driver what is coming to pass him
9a Job description one included in manifest (7)
I love this one – we are looking for a description of the biblical character Job, carefully concealed by placing his name first in the clue – put I (one) inside an adjective meaning manifest or obvious
11a Acknowledgement of carelessness as nothing works (4)
This acknowledgement of carelessness is a charade of O (nothing) and some musical works
14a Inferior tea, so to speak, ready to pour (6)
The letter that sounds like (, so to speak) tea followed by a phrase (2,3) meaning that the tea is ready to pour
15a Humorous conversation that is, in contrast, good in youth? (8)
Split this as (3,2,3) and it could mean the opposite (in contrast) of good in youth
17a Joined and served? Not I (8)
Start with a verb meaning served in the army and drop (not) the I
18a Artist using mainly scarlet and black, as he said (6)
This French artist is derived from most of (mainly) a scsarlet colour followed by the French (as the artist said) for black
25a Old vehicle for fighting in Boston Tea Party, say? (7)
Split as (3,4) this could (say) describe the Boston Tea Party
26a Heading into hospital too soon, in agonising way (5-9)
A verb meaning heading or having a prevailing direction inside H(ospital and a word meaning too soon
1d Good relationship with left, on board after strike (7)
Put the nautical (on board) term for left after a verb meaning to strike
2d Deviously manipulate tenet, such as eighth of ten commandments? (15)
This anagram (deviously) of MANIPULATE TENET gives a word meaning not the tenth of ten, nor the ninth, but the one before that
4d Unattributed element in score for temporary players (6)
Two definitions – the runs in a cricket match that are not attributed to any of the batsmen and temporary players in a film
6d Think once more about team in tight corner (10)
Put a team inside an anagram (tight) of CORNER
8d Resilient spirit copper exemplifies, from what we hear (6)
Sounds like (from what we hear) the type of substance of which copper is an example
13d Romance with a female, beautiful with nothing on (4,6)
The A from the clue and an adjective meaning beautiful preceded by a score of nothing in tennis
20d Experience life in prison — that can be a warning (6)
Split as (2,1,3) this could mean to experience life in prison
23d Formalities this country, without capital, installed in ’40s (4)
This country, with a lower-case initial letter instead of a capital, when installed inside forties (’40s) gives formalities – which is another way of saying that it is hidden inside the clue!
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