Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2729 (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 Watches, for example, man in rival publication (10)
Another name for a chessman inside a rival publication to The Daily Telegraph
10a Small woolly jumper for cute infant (7)
Two definitions – the first being a baby sheep
12a Be embracing novel gold bar idea — as opposed to plastic, for instance (13)
BE outside (embracing) an anagram (novel) of gold bar idea gives a word meaning having the quality of being able to be broken down by bacteria, unlike plastic
14a Serve two couples holding hands in a corner, finally (6)
This verb meaning to serve or fulfil is derived by putting two pairs of bridge partners (couples) inside the A from the clue and the final letter of corneR
22a Place to find info, within a ship, on ammo (8,5)
A phrase meaning within a ship (2,5) preceded by a piece of ammunition
25a Hint about one’s home cooking (7)
A hint or prompt around I (one), the S from ‘S and a two-letter word meaning home
27a Is single, occupying dull accommodation (10)
IS and a three-letter number that represents a single inside an adjective meaning dull
1d Loud instrument makes neighbour upset (4)
Reverse (upset in a down clue) a verb meaning to be next to or make(s) into a neighbour
2d Not positive about one British form of transport (7)
A five-letter word meaning not positive around I (one) and B(ritish)
4d Oriental cut European flower for festival (6)
It looks like Virgilius couldn’t make his mind up as we have two separate pieces of wordplay! Either drop the final letter (cut) from an adjective meaning oriental or combine E(uropean) and a flower
8d One of those competing in uniform, including half of team (10)
An adjective meaning uniform around the first half of TEam
11d Making new offence up, within reasonable limits (13)
A three-letter word for a moral offence reversed (up in a down clue) inside reasonable limits or avoidance of excess
13d Reverses under shade in these vehicles (10)
A verb meaning reverses preceded by (under in a down clue) a verb meaning to shade with fine, usually diagonal, lines
20d Aesthetically unconventional daughter’s on a platform on time (7)
D(aughter) followed by the A from the clue, a platform and T(ime)
21d A Conservative using public transport? You can count on it (6)
The A from the clue and C(onservative) inside some public transport, i.e. “in (1,3)”
23d Announced what’s going to happen to one charitable function (4)
Sounds like (announced) what’s going to happen to one in the future
Highlighted words are to be found in my new “Usual Suspects” page.
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