Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2742 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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Have you had a go at the May Prize Puzzle – this one is set by Gazza and it’s a corker!
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 How chap who’s lost his shirt may be seen to speculate? (6)
Split as (2,4) this could be how a chap who has lost his shirt may be seen
4a Stern in front of vessel? That’s difficult to take (8)
An adjective meaning stern or severe followed by a sailing vessel
10a Type of character that’s in minority in Europe, America, or Asia (9)
There are two of these in Europe, three in America but only one in Asia
13a Male operating without delay in heavy rain (7)
M(ale) followed by a two-letter word meaning operating and an adverb meaning without delay
15a Smelly fish is getting up one’s nose (8)
An adjective meaning smelly or repulsive followed by one of Crosswordland’s favourite fishes
23a Collected charts fellow sailing in ocean brought back (7)
To get this collection of charts, put a four-letter word for a sailor inside an ocean and reverse the lot
27a Attacking person as paragon of virtue outside US city (9)
AS and a person who is a paragon of virtue around the two-letter abbreviation for a US city
29a Hears why, so to speak, you shouldn’t believe it (6)
A word that sounds like (so to speak) hears (4’1) followed by a letter that sounds like why – be careful, the answer itself doesn’t sound like hears why!
1d Popular result of pressing for raise (8)
The usual two-letter word for popular followed by the result of pressing, for example, some trousers
2d Graves, for example, dating from particular year (7)
A cryptic definition of the year in which wine, such as a Graves, was produced – once again required capitalisation is concealed by placing the word at the start of the clue!
3d Doctor Who’s gun, fine specimen of its kind (9)
An anagram (doctor) of WHO’S followed by a slang word for a gun – there is a delightful scene in The Bogie Man where the title character, played on film by Robbie Coltrane, has a misunderstanding with his landlady, Mrs M, over the use of this slang term, which is also Scottish slang for a sandwich (4m 34s from the start)
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7d Keep talking tediously about old whaling equipment (7)
A phrasal verb meaning to keep talking in a tedious manner (4,2) around O(ld)
9d Stupidly sat in wet trainers, poorly protected from rain (5-9)
An anagram (stupidly) of SAT inside an anagram (poorly) of WET TRAINERS
19d Front of vessel in sea near Cowes, not on the rocks (7)
The initial letter (front) of Vessel inside the name for the sea near Cowes, in the Isle of Wight gives an adjective that means the opposite (not) of on the rocks or broke
21d Parrot from island — it’s carried by officer on board (7)
This verb meaning to parrot is derived from I(sland) followed by IT inside a naval officer
24d Was model wearing silk? (5)
A three-letter verb meaning was a model, for an artist perhaps, followed by a word meaning wearing, in the context of wearing clothes
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