Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2727 (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 Evil male set straight (6)
To get this adjective meaning evil start with M(ale) and add a verb meaning to set straight
4a Unsystematic piece needed to complete memo, as we hear? (6)
This adjective meaning unsystematic sounds like (we hear) the rest of the word (piece needed to complete) of which memo is a shorted form
8a Indication of challenge that may be punishing for runner (8)
Two definitions – what is thrown down to indicate a challenge and what is run as a punishment
10a Cross river, then getting over the hill? (6)
R(iver) followed by a verb meaning getting over the hill
11a Acknowledgment of being hit endlessly – that hurts! (4)
Start with an acknowledgment of being hit by one’s opponent in fencing and drop (endlessly) the outer letters
Can this be better expressed?
13a Organised in units, go crazy (12)
A verb meaning to go followed by an adjective meaning crazy
16a Capes put on after concert by right people (12)
Put ON after a concert, the kind at which many of the audience are standing, and add some people with political views that are right of centre
21a Performed a sort of pop music for listeners, enthralled (4)
Sounds like a verb meaning performed a sort of pop music (although to call it music is contentious)
23a Namely mixed drink, starting with right kind of wine (8)
The Latin abbreviation for namely and a mixed drink, often made with gin, after (starting with) R(ight)
25a Relation concealing drug in floor (6)
A relation or narrative around (concealing) the single-letter abbreviation for Crosswordland’s favourite drug
1d Calculated amount of old drink certainly consumed (8)
An old drink, often prepared by monks, with a word meaning certainly inside (consumed)
7d Removed silver, say, over time – how a lot of money’s made (6)
A verb meaning removed a metal, silver say, from the ground around T(ime)
14d Like any of us, cut by current attack on reputation (9)
A two-letter conjunction meaning like and an individual or human (any of us) around (cut by) the symbol used in physics for electric current
17d Stone’s remixed old record for dance (3-4)
An anagram (remixed) of STONE followed by an old 4-track vinyl record
18d Time I put in that is optimally arranged (7)
T(ime) followed by the I from the clue inside the full Latin phrase for that is
19d Like feet? Yes and no (6)
Like a line of poetry with a specified number of feet (yes) and like a system that does not use feet (no)
21d Drawing aid from head of state (5)
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