Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2718 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a number of the more difficult clues and provide hints for them.
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1a Transient visitors doctor forbids to (5,2,7)
An anagram (doctor) of FORBIDS followed by a verb meaning to spend time and a long period of time, the last two elements to be taken together as spend long time (4,3)
9a Unknown eclipsed by fine partner in bridge (7)
A mathematical unknown inside (eclipsed by) F(ine) and a partner or mate
11a Start off like a close friend or associate (4)
Drop the initial letter (start off) an adjective meaning like a close friend
12a Close relative restricting Irishman’s diet (10)
A very close relative (either one of two!) around the first name of many Irishmen gives a diet or legislature
15a Fish from seine emptied out and shifted ashore (8)
SeinE without its inner letters (emptied out) followed by an anagram (shifted) of ASHORE – presumably the lack of capitalisation means that the setter intended seine to refer to a type of net rather than the river
18a Fraction of a number that’s small, of course, speaking informally (6)
S(mall) followed by a colloquial word (speaking informally) meaning “of course”
21a Behind one‘s back, bishop is in Paris (6-4)
A verb meaning to back or support followed by B(ishop) and the French for is
22a Female or fellow in North (4)
F for Female or Fellow followed by IN and N(orth)
26a Group carrying cases at Waterloo, for example (9,5)
This group could have been one carrying injured patients (cases) at the Battle of Waterloo
1d Wild animals in New York city (7)
Two definitions – wild animals, for which the same word can be singular or plural, and a city in New York State
2d Club that, in short, includes leading RAF characters (5,3,7)
The abbreviated name (in short) for this golf club gives the two leading characters of RAF (1,3,1)
4d Either gender joining a line, according to protocol (6)
A choice of single-letter abbreviations for gender followed by the A from the clue and L(ine)
5d Warrior with a sole weakness? Yes and no (8)
This Greek warrior had a sole weakness, but it wasn’t in the sole but another part of the foot!
6d Scholar, in newspaper article, lying about being scantily clad (10)
A graduate (scholar) sandwiched between a newspaper and an article or object
7d Good and mature terrier, even, disturbed other breed (6,9)
G(ood) and an adjective meaning mature followed by an anagram (disturbed) of TERRIER EVEN
8d Painfully move author around hospital (6)
A verb meaning to author around H(ospital)
16d Encored piece of music I see pronounced as lacking in refinement (8)
A short piece of music and another one (encored), followed by I and the letter that sounds like (pronounced) see
17d Asian sailor switching sides, first and last, is such a scoundrel (6)
The first and last letters of an Asian sailor are the abbreviations for each of the two sides – switch them to get this scoundrel
20d Like something functional setter and solver accomplished (6)
The pronound that represents the setter and the solver together followed by an adjective meaning accomplished
23d Fail for lack of practice, primarily (4)
The initial letters (primarily) of four words in the clue
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