Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2721 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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Why not try your hand at the December Prize puzzle.
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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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 Celebrated fellow introducing prophetic work about university (6)
F(ellow) followed by a prophetic work from the Old Testament around U(niversity)
10a Deflect criticism from very short show (9)
The abbreviation (short) for V(ery) followed by a verb meaning to show or point out
11a Using few words repeatedly included by better setters, etc (5)
A trademark Virgilius clue in which the answer is hidden (included) not once but twice (included)
12a Search Internet link the wrong way, in excess (7)
A verb meaning to search the internet followed by the reversal (wrong way) of a link
14a Finally shortened book of world records? (5)
A phrasal adverb meaning finally (2,4) without its final letter (shortened)
15a Charming article on the cards about Queen (8)
The indefinite article followed by an adjective meaning on the cards or possible around the Latin abbreviation for Queen
18a It enables speculator to see what’s central to board (5-3)
Cryptically this is what someone who speculates in stocks and shares uses in order to be able to see
26a Excellent fish found in British stream (5)
Two definitions for this word which is derived from B(ritish) followed by a small stream
29a Scot’s understanding no backward African (6)
A Scottish word for understanding or knowledge followed by the reversal (backward of a three-letter word meaning no
1d Top-quality light installed in tree (4-4)
An adjective meaning top quality when applied to something like a hotel is derived by inserting a light or match inside a tree
5d European with brief lecture that is about one group engaged in politics (14)
E(uropean) followed by the abbreviation (brief) for LECT(ure), the Latin abbreviation for that is around ONE and finally a group
7d Cut line holding a Spanish ship (7)
A verb meaning to cut, for example, meat and L(ine) around the A from the clue gives a small, fast Spanish sailing ship
8d Possibly hiding-place for ace record-holder (6)
Two definitions – where a card-sharp might hide an ace and a holder for a vinyl record
9d Awfully ill, appreciates incomplete coverage – seen as ominous by some (7,7)
An anagram (awfully) of ILL APPRECIATES
17d Accommodation over club that’s no longer a pressing requirement (8)
Some accommodation over a type of golf club gives an item that used to be used for pressing clothes
22d Weak player has rook and bishop captured by a piece (6)
R(ook) followed by B(ishop) inside (captured by) the A from the clue and a small piece
24d Complete classical quartet turned up in house (5)
An adjective meaning complete and the Roman (classical) numeral for the number in a quartet all reversed (turned up in a down clue)
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