Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2730 (Hints)
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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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1a Male is part of formal arrangement? That’s not true (14)
M(ale) and IS followed by a phrase meaning part of a formal arrangement (2,9)
10a Hesitate on moral grounds? It’s of little weight (7)
Two definitions – verb meaning to hesitate, possibly on moral grounds and a unit of weight equal to 20 grains, used by apothecaries
11a Party politician elected by Conservative area (4)
The two-letter abbreviation for an elected politician preceded by C(onservative) and A(rea)
15a After short time, deposit finally put in bank, under the counter (8)
A three-letter abbreviation for a short period of time followed by the final letter of deposiT inside a verb meaning to bank or depend
18a Drive home is easy task, with learner tucked in behind leader (6)
This verb meaning to drive home a deal is derived from an easy task with L(earner) inserted after its initial letter (leader)
21a People perusing paper showing academic position (10)
Two definitions – the totality of people perusing a newspaper and a junior position at a university
22a A list of courses university ultimately dropped, as agreed! (4)
The A from the clue followed by a list of courses for a meal with the U(niversity) dropped from the end (ultimately)
25a Left champion in lead, old pill having no effect (7)
L(eft) and a champion or expert inside the chemical symbol for lead and followed by O(ld)
26a Well-oiled combination of scorers from Europe (6,3,5)
To get this adjective meaning well-oiled or drunk combine two European scorers of classical music
1d Show, with numbers, claim’s wrong about setter and solver (7)
This show which has a number of songs is derived by putting an anagram (wrong) of CLAIM around a pronoun which represents both setter and solver
2d Wise man I malign, person living in the Pacific (7,8)
A person of unusual wisdom, from a king of Israel whose judgement called the bluff of a false claimant, followed by the I from the clue and a verb meaning to malign
3d A short lead that’s inserted in collar (4)
Two definitions – a short distance used to measure a horse’s lead in a race and something inserted into the collar of a shirt
5d Service to elderly that’s relieved tension, in a way (8)
A church service followed by another word for elderly
6d Capsize in vessel time after time — third time breaking rule, stupidly (4,6)
T(ime) and T(ime) around a vase-like vessel followed by T(ime) inside (breaking) an anagram (stupidly) of RULE
7d Counterparts work on book about river location (8,7)
The two-letter musical work and a book of the Old Testament around Gnomey’s favourite river and a location
17d Poet Rembrandt initially included in ‘Night Watch’ (6)
The initial letter of Rembrandt inside (included in) a watch, particularly at night
23d Bowled over completely — or partly (4)
B(owled) followed by an adverb meaning completely gives a cricketing term for a part of an over
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