Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2736 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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Bufo, Tilsit and I had a very enjoyable evening yesterday at the Listener Dinner in Cheltenham. As a result, I’m feeling a tad delicate today!
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 Discover about new kind of altered state (6)
A verb meaning discover around N(ew)
4a One trained to shoot birds, right? (6)
This person who trains his rifle at individuals from a position of cover is derived from some birds followed by R(ight) – remember that for some birds, like grouse and quail, the plural can be the same as the singular
10a Most of the cereal, as it can be found in little titbits (6)
Most of TH(E) followed by a cereal crop gives the number of times IT can be found in the final two words of the clue – brilliant!
11a Quickly moved right pieces in chess up the board (4)
The final (right) letters (pieces in) of four words in the clue
16a Bill’s initial appearance, walking past trees (5,7)
The initial appearance of a parliamentary bill is derived by putting a verb meaning walking after some coniferous trees
21a Centre of Kalahari Desert is this (4)
This semi all-in-one clue requires that you find the middle (centre) four letters of two words in the clue – note that this doesn’t mean the last two letters of the first word and the first two letters of the second, read it again carefully!
22a Island is one that turned around another one (6)
Reverse (turned) I (one) and THAT and then insert another I (one)
24a Allow to move freely? Quite the reverse — or partly so (6)
Q. If you do this to a horse, is it allowed to move freely A. No (quite the reverse), only a little (partly so) – the answer is hidden (partly so) inside the clue
25a Started to write in dictionary, initially (6)
A verb meaning to write inside the abbreviation (initially) of a famous dictionary
1d Man who silently obeys order (8)
… because he is in a monastery
2d What’s down the road for each individual (5)
Split as (1,4) this means for each individual, as in “the entry fee for each individual is £5”
7d Put in new position, we hear, and deliver lines that have been recalled (6)
Sounds like (we hear) a verb meaning to put in a new position
9d Rock group informally joining cast? Not so far (6,5)
The informal name for the world’s greatest rock group followed by a verb meaning to cast
14d Wanting to change class I had in middle of holiday (9)
This adjective meaning wanting to change is derived by putting a school class and I inside a holiday or break
15d Non-specific way to label painting that’s common? (8)
Two definitions – a label for a painting that that has no specific designation and common as opposed to noble
18d In Rome, I set off for morale-boosting experience (3-4)
The Latin for I followed by a verb meaning to set off or trigger
21d Visibly shocked, for example when abandoned by wife (5)
A two-letter word meaning for example (not the Latin abbreviation!) followed by (W)HEN after dropping (abandoned) the W(ife)
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