Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2735 (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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7a Primarily Muslim place within its continent (8)
The whole of this all-in-one clue provides the definition – the initial letter (primarily) of Muslim followed by a three-letter verb meaning to place inside the continent in which this country can be found – tip: count the number of letters in the first two constructs to work out how many letters are left for the continent!
11a Anti-government articles are, we hear, fashionable (8)
This adjective meaning anti-government is a charade of two indefinite articles, the letter that sounds like (we hear) are and an adjective meaning fashionable
12a Producers of yarns, successful stories for Spooner? (8,6)
If the initial two letters of these devices used to produce yarns are exchanged in the style popularised by the Reverend William Archibald Spooner the result is an adjective meaning successful and some stories
15a Driving mechanism, in short, for front of plane (4)
The abbreviated form of a mechanism used to drive a ship or aeroplane is a charade of a word meaning for and the initial letter (front) of Plane
19a City of Paris, in which politician has change of heart (4)
To get the city where, according to Greek Mythology, Paris lived start with a Conservative politician and exchange his middle two letters (heart)
25a Animal show’s presenter cuts exactly in two (6)
Put the two-letter abbreviation for the presenter of a show inside (cuts … in two) a phrase meaning exactly (2,1,1)
28a Altered words of seconder improperly (8)
An anagram (improperly) of SECONDER
1d Hunted animals for sport (4)
2d Needs one more footballer perhaps in hurry (6)
if the answer is split (3,3) then it means that the manager needs one more footballer to complete the team
5d Cunning seen in Nato allies ready for fighting? (3,5)
A four-letter adjective meaning cunning inside the word often used to collectively describe the NATO allies
8d One who performs thus is included in great deal (7)
The two-letter word meaning thus followed by IS inside (included in) a great deal or quantity
14d Escort French author around university (5)
This French author has made several appearances in Telegraph puzzles, the most recent being in last Tuesday’s Toughie! – put his surname around U(niversity)
16d About time, put in a little money for show (8)
A two-letter word meaning about and T(ime) inside a small amount of British money
18d Flier about cheese (7)
A very long-legged wading bird followed by a two-letter word meaning about or concerning
22d Turned up rings and pieces of jewelry (6)
A four-letter verb meaning turned up followed by the ring shaped letter and a suffix that makes it plural
26d A part of a garment that’s said to attract attention (4)
The A from the clue followed by part of a garment
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