Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2728 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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In response to a number of requests, I have added a page, The Usual Suspects, to the Crosswords section of the blog. This lists some of the wordplay elements commonly used in cryptic crosswords. I hope it proves to be useful, especially to newer solvers.
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 A lot of swimmers I put under pressure, including male or female teacher (14)
A lot of fish or other swimming animals followed by the I from the clue and some pressure around (including) M(ale)
9a Left-winger putting boundary back inside trading area (7)
A boundary in cricket reversed (back) inside an area where a number of vendors carry out their trade
11a Athlete’s first breaking record in 400 metres, typically (3)
The initial letter (first) of Athlete inside (breaking) a vinyl record or album
14a Western character? Maybe, maybe not (6)
This character in many a Western movie (maybe) is also someone from an Asian country (maybe not)
15a Time-saver for writer that we got from Romans (2,6)
A Latin phrase (that we got from Romans) meaning “and the rest” or “and so on”, usually represented by a symbol or a three-letter abbreviation
22a Attacks with sword thrusts and blows (4,7)
Two definitions – the second meaning blows as in spends extravagantly
24a Requesting place for bishop and his neighbour on board (7)
The three-letter word for a district under the pastoral care of a bishop in the Christian Church followed by the chess piece that is next to the bishop on the chess board
27a Brainy group with dreadfully elitist leaning (14)
An anagram (dreadfully) of ELITIST LEANING
1d Dire perils test me in return from advance (6,8)
An anagram (dire) of PERILS TEST ME IN gives the return from an advance or loan
2d Severe writer’s block, a problem for setter, say (4,3)
An adjective meaning severe followed by a block of paper used by a writer gives a problem for the kind of animal of which a setter is an example (say)
3d Expert on faraway part of world transformed relations with it (11)
An anagram (transformed) of RELATIONS with IT
6d Service, including ace, travelled fast (3)
A military service around A(ce)
8d False alarm over woman after change in US or region to South (7,7)
An anagram (false) of ALARM followed by a woman’s name and preceded by a unit of US currency (change)
13d Keels over in cold shelter with face uncovered (5-6)
A verb meaning keels over or becomes inclined to the vertical inside C(old) and a shelter or sanctuary
16d Old song with crazy line about port (8)
An adjective meaning crazy and L(ine) around a Baltic port
21d Open with same key before and after? That could be a pointer (3,3)
A verb meaning to open or loosen with the same musical key before and after gives an animal of which a pointer is an example (that could be)
25d Namely, holding clubs or diamonds (3)
The Latin abbreviation for namely or that is around C(lubs)
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