Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2720 (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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7a Salt retained by exposed crustacean (8)
The chemical formula for salt inside an adjective meaning exposed
10a Ignorantly or carelessly, for example, one splits an infinitive (6)
Ignorantly or carelessly are examples of this part of speech which is often controversially used to split an infinitive, as in “to boldly go where no man has gone before”
12a Bit of brass tool used by meteorologist (4,10)
This bit of brass is found in an orchestra, although it could be a tool used by a meteorologist
15a Birdcage in store not broken (4)
Take a store of the kind found on nearly every high street and drop the hyphen (not broken)
17a Followed, so to speak, religious work in area (5)
What sounds like (so to speak) a verb meaning followed is actually either a religious work or an area
23a Record collection classical quartet stored in vaults (8)
The Roman numeral for four (classical quartet) inside some architectural vaults
28a Alarming changes on border (8)
An anagram (changes) of ALARMING
1d Knave covering king or queen – or ace, or ten … (4)
A knave around the Latin abbreviation for king or queen
3oman emperor’s head has been turned – it’s love (4)
Start with a Roman emperor and turn his first letter (head) through 90° (either way!)
5d Coats painter put on fashionable pottery, we hear (8)
The usual 2-letter painter and a 2-letter word meaning fashionable are followed by what sounds like (we hear) some pottery
6d Like behaviour of the kind that’s wrecked chair and other furniture (10)
An anagram (wrecked) of CHAIR followed by another item of furniture
16d Play one’s part, with good casting (8)
A phrasal verb meaning tp play one’s part (5,2) followed by G(ood)
21d Painter found in area south of Rio Grande, say (6)
A prominent Mexican painter is derived by putting A(rea) under (south of in a down clue) the type of geographical feature of which the Rio Grande is an example (say)
22d A loose woman among one’s relations (6)
The A from the clue followed by a verb meaning to loose or free
26d Pressure of part in theatre (4)
Hidden (part in) inside the clue
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