Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2740 (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 Sneak on board with son to recover after breakdown (4,4)
S(on) followed by a phrasal verb (3,4) meaning to recover a vehicle after a breakdown
10a Run in manner that’s suspicious (4)
R(un) inside a manner or method
13a What’s attractive and marvellous about surfing facility? (8)
The origin of the verb to attract is the Latin ad (to) and trahere (to draw) so it means “to draw towards” – to get the associated adjective put an adjective meaning marvellous around the three-letter word for the kind of surfing facility that you are using right now
15a Democratic politician after good moves to left aplenty (6)
Start with the name of a Democratic politician and former US vice president and move the G(ood) to the left
16a Staunch supporter of flag, for example (4)
… this flag is a plant, also called the iris
18a Yarn in court before end of trial (4)
A verb meaning to court followed by the final letter (end) of triaL
23a Is unfinished treatise wrongly included in academic’s scholarly work? (12)
IS and an anagram (wrongly) of TREATIS(E) without its final letter (unfinished) all inside an academic
27a Celt killed retreating non-U person (8)
A verb meaning killed is reversed (retreating) and followed by a person without the U (non-U)
28a Grit shown by you once in MCC, but missing double century (8)
Some grit preceded by an old-fashioned (once) word for you – the definition is the number represented by the Roman numeral M, i.e. MCC without (missing) the Roman numerals for two hundred (double century)
2d Negotiate with a couple of partners in region (8)
Put the A from the clue and one of the usual couple of bridge partners inside a region or area
4d Influence that’s minimised by removing crew (6)
Dropping (removing) a rowing crew from this word meaning influence leaves its abbreviation (that’s minimised)
6d When it’s dark or darkish up near opening of tunnel (8)
A three-letter adjective meaning darkish or gloomy is reversed (up in a down clue) and followed by an adverb meaning near and the initial letter (opening) of Tunnel
12d Illegal activity, except when dreadful villain finally is put inside (12)
A preposition meaning except or barring around an adjective meaning dreadful or terrible and the final letter of villaiN
14d Killing, for example, in war zone endlessly (5)
Start with a 19th century war zone, that was very nearly a 21st century one, and drop its final letter (endlessly)
19d Good-looking expert? (8)
A cryptic definition of an expert who helps people to see better
22d Tough love, including current arrangement of locks (6)
An adjective meaning tough and O (love) around the symbol used in equations to represent electric current
25d Relation starts off as usual, ends in heartbroken lament (4)
The initial letters of (starts off) As and Usual followed by the final letters of (ends in) heartbrokeN and lamenT
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