Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2712 (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 Warm kind of fire that’s a contradiction in terms? (8)
When this adjective meaning warm is followed by fire it becomes a contradiction in terms
11a Close family wrapping son in fur (8)
A verb meaning to close and a three-letter word for family around (wrapping) S(on)
12a Good ensemble in dance performance, mainly in royal residence (8,6)
An adjective meaning of good behaviour and an ensemble, perhaps one performing a play, inside most of (mainly) a classical dance performance
15a Like Northern people as part of race, you might say (4)
These Northern people sound like part of a race
20a Put right about wrong I, perhaps, interpreted incorrectly (14)
A verb meaning put right or repaired around an anagram (wrong) of I PERHAPS
23a Bloomer as second doctor comes in immediately before operation (8)
S(econd} followed by the abbreviation for D(octo)R, the latter inside (comes in) a three-letter word meaning immediately and OP(eration)
28a Maiden spoke and spoke, in barely audible way (8)
M(aiden) followed by a verb meaning spoke
1d Guitar piece that makes one experience anxiety (4)
2d Boundaries set up by male — that’s unfair to females (6)
Some boundaries scored in cricket are reversed (set up in a down clue) and followed by M(ale)
6d Unlike readers, the writer will perform repeatedly (10)
The abbreviation for the writer will, in the first person, followed by a verb meaning to perform repeatedly
8d Movement in no hurry to follow left-winger (3-4)
A verb meaning to follow and then someone with left-wing political views
14d Unsociable type‘s side-splitting joke? (5)
This unsociable type could be built by taking a three-letter joke, as in “have you heard the (joke) about”, inside (splitting) the two sides [Thanks to Crypticsue for the improved explanation]
16d Weapon the old man has for response to challenge (8)
Split as (2’1,5) this could describe a weapon belonging to the old man
26d A border that’s said to require attention (4)
The A from the clue followed by a border
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