Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2731 (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 What might come from ship in danger — list is bad (8,6)
Crosswordland’s usual ship inside an anagram (bad) of DANGER LIST IS gives something that might come from a ship in danger because it is listing
9a One state very briefly joined with another, in short (7)
This US state is derived from most of (briefly) VERy followed by the shortened name of another US state
11a Creative writing, in short, was illuminating (3)
Two definitions – the abbreviation for some creative writing and a verb meaning was illuminating
14a A form of support for ship, perhaps, at sea? On the contrary (6)
The A from the clue followed by a form of support that could (perhaps) be used in a ship gives a word that means the opposite (on the contrary) of at sea
19a Sally‘s nature that is succinctly presented (6)
A nature or type followed by the Latin abbreviation (succinctly presented) for “that is”
23a Negative expression that’s repeated in error (3)
A show of disapproval (negative expression) that, when repeated, means an error
27a Very happy place — relaxed with a small drink (7,2,5)
A charade of PL(ace), a verb meaning relaxed, the A from the clue, S(mall) and an alcoholic drink
1d Arguer for unpopular cause was upset over votes a cad rigged (6,8)
The reversal of a verb meaning was or existed followed by an anagram (rigged) of VOTES A CAD
2d Slight injury making one withdraw (7)
Two definitions – a slight injury and a verb meaning to withdraw from a competition
4d It helps to locate game or puzzle constructor (6)
Two definitions – a dog that helps locate game and a constructor of puzzles like this one
6d Material in part of racket one’s bust in strenuous effort (3)
Two definitions – material that used to be used in tennis rackets and part of a phrase meaning to make a strenuous effort
8d Leading man in play that has two parts (5,3,6)
The eponymous leading man in a Shakespearean play that is split into two parts
13d Old male with stake in economical source of fertiliser (7,4)
O(ld), M(ale) and a timber stake inside an adjective meaning economical
18d Alternative to watch, but only for daytime viewing (7)
A cryptic definition of a device for telling the time that is useless at night
25d Combination of blood groups that’s dangerous for South Americans (3)
Combine three blood groups to get this South American reptile
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