Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2732 (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 Disrespect around monarch is stupid behaviour (10)
A word meaning disrespect or rudeness around the Latin abbreviation for a king or queen (monarch)
6a Beginning, but not finishing, as top player (4)
Drop the final letter (not finishing) from a word meaning the beginning
9a Port with more piquant flavour (7)
Two definitions – a Moroccan port and an adjective meaning having a more piquant flavour
12a Fashionable site I’m changing within last minute (13)
The usual two-letter word for fashionable followed by an anagram (changing) of SITE I’M inside an adjective meaning last gives an adjective meaning minute
14a Spare money for a female American president (6)
This verb meaning to be able to spare money for a purchase comes from a charade of the A from the clue, F(emale) and a former US president
15a I’m returning to doctor awfully tiny photograph (8)
Reverse (returning) I’M and follow it with an anagram (awfully) of DOCTOR
19a Bringer of news about male baby (6)
The publication that brings news around M(ale) gives a verb meaning to baby or mollycoddle
24a Small bit of speech wherein I ask for ring? (7)
Split as (5,2) this could be the setter asking you to ring him
27a Suffering in opening without queen? Good (10)
This verb meaning suffering or enduring is derived by putting a verb meaning opening something that has been wrapped around the regnal cipher for the Queen and G(ood)
1d First nine of our letters turned up, and one from Greece (4)
The range covered by the first nine letters of our alphabet (1,2,1) is reversed (up in a down clue) to give a letter (the ninth!) in the Greek alphabet
2d Religious leader‘s page covering minor argument (7)
P(age) followed by a word meaning covering or about and a minor argument
3d Class in university local found far from enlightening (13)
A school class inside UNI(versity) and an adjective meaning local or indigenous
5d Prepare to fire back in Manhattan, for example (8)
A verb meaning to prepare to fire a firearm followed by the back or rear
7d Tested over very short distance, and cut down to size (7)
A verb meaning tested around a very short metric distance
8d With pistol, held up a politician concerned with rules (10)
The reversal (held up) of a type of German automatic pistol is followed by the A from the clue and a right-wing politician
11d Is breaking key instrument, I confess, and creating confusion (13)
The IS from the clue inside a musical key and a musical instrument followed by the I from the clue and a colloquial verb meaning to confess
13d Like a golf course, with sand placed haphazardly (10)
An anagram (haphazardly) of SAND PLACED
18d Outline first of challenges, playing away matches (7)
The initial letter (first) of Challenges followed by a phrase (2,4) meaning playing a series of matches in different locations away from home
23d Catch small shrew (4)
S(mall) followed by a shrew or aggressively assertive woman
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