Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2716 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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The November prize puzzle is now available.
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 Complaint following proposal — still you don’t get it! (6,8)
A complaint or ailment after a proposal – read the definition as “you don’t get it when still”
10a Worker gets specific day in charge (7)
A worker (but not an insect this time!) followed by a specific day, perhaps on the calendar
11a Orderly waiters heard signal to act (3)
Sounds like (heard) people waiting in an orderly fashion
12a Farewell, in a manner of speaking, after very short drink (11)
A manner of speaking preceded by V (short form of very) and an alcoholic drink
15a Spike securing small flier for writer (8)
A verb meaning to spike a drink around a small bird (flier)
22a No point including girl’s name, in spite of that (11)
NO and a point or headland around a girl’s name
23a Part of field in cricket match set back (3)
Reverse a verb meaning to set or congeal
26a List operations going the wrong way, easily seen in theatre (7)
A verb meaning to list or lean followed by the abbreviated form of OP(eration)S, all reversed (going the wrong way)
27a Form in which a person’s convictions are manifest (8,6)
Two definitions – the second one cryptically expanding on the first
1d Such a vile man, I’m involved in this? (4,10)
An anagram (involved) of SUCH A VILE MAN I’M is loosely described by the whole clue
2d Divergent line of thought, singularly touching (7)
Two definitions – the second one being a line that only touches a circle in one place
3d Partial judgment, with court supporting old writer and composer (4,7)
The abbreviation for C(our)T follows O(ld), a writing implement and an Italian composer
5d Crazed demoniac who wants to slay people? (8)
… by amusing them (he’s an anagram, indicated by crazed, of DEMONIAC)
7d Finishes off in state — is one in Victoria, perhaps? (7)
A trademark Virgilius clue – drop the final letters (finishes off) from three words in the clue
13d Set piece’s musical quality in foundational part (11)
A set piece in football followed by the S from ‘S and a musical quality
16d Like winner of cup, left after dinner, holding book (8)
An adjective meaning left on the plate after dinner around B(ook)
21d Scoundrel‘s wife, supporter of school board (6)
W(ife) followed by the structure that supports a school blackboard
25d Foreign breed over in Melbourne, say (3)
A foreign breed of dog is also someone from the UK when a foreigner over in Melbourne, or anywhere else in Australia
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