Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2738 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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There’s a new Monthly Prize Puzzle available right now – can you solve the mystery?
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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Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Definitions are underlined in the clues.
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1a Support, then scold, inferior (6-4)
Verbs meaning to support and scold combine to make an adjective meaning inferior
6a Covering a sound sleeper? (4)
The A from the clue followed by something that is a metaphorically sound sleeper
9a Armed civilians prepare to fire back across one line with it (7)
A verb meaning to prepare to fire, for example, a rifle reversed (back) around I (one), L(ine) and IT
12a Declaration you or I, say, stick at the end (13)
The part of speech of which you and I are examples followed by a verb meaning to stick or bond
14a I accordingly must join legal group on which pressure is constant (6)
The I from the clue followed by a two-letter word meaning accordingly and a group of lawyers
15a Skilfully arrange language that’s brief, stylish, and always poetic (8)
A three-letter abbreviation (that’s brief) of a language followed by a two-letter adjective meaning stylish and the poetic word for always
24a Add weight, about pound — or remove bulge? (7)
A verb meaning to add weight to the body around the symbol for pound sterling
27a Cheered up after book’s corrected (10)
B(ook) followed by a verb meaning corrected or redressed
1d Problem in adding ring for foreign form of fighting (4)
A problem followed by the ring-shaped letter
2d In county, foolishly plays number of West Indians (7)
The abbreviation for CO(unty) around an anagram (foolishly) of PLAYS
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3d Preserving organisation in part of Bible? Initially it could be (8,5)
The organisation that preserves a lot of our heritage has the same initials as a part of the bible
7d Wear the writer out, crossing river in ancient vessel (7)
A phrase (4,2) that could mean to wear out the writer of this puzzle around R(iver)
8d Summon artist producing exciting work (4-6)
A verb meaning to summon, typically by using a public address system, followed by a famous English artist fives an exciting book that the reader finds difficult to put down
13d Equally, it’s central for school-leaver (5-5)
The answer is represented by the Roman numerals6 that are central to schooL-Leaver
20d What non-profit organisations do a good deal (7)
Split as (3,4) this could, at a pinch, be what non-profit organisations do
23d Gave rise to bishop and cardinal, say (4)
B(ishop) followed by a colour of which cardinal is a shade
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