Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2745 (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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Definitions are underlined in the clues.
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1a Doing nothing about French breach (10)
A word meaning doing nothing around FR(ench)
10a Minor playing against India (as heard on radio) in Test (7)
A single-letter meaning playing against another team and the letter in the NATO Phonetic alphabet (as heard on the radio) represented by India inside a test
12a Upset bears with disconcerting display of aggression (5-8)
An anagram (upset) of BEARS followed by a verb meaning disconcerting
15a Ride off in direction of sunset? That’s most odd (8)
An anagram (off) of RIDE inside the direction in which the sun sets
19a Express disapproval about a doctor providing grass (6)
A verb meaning to express disapproval around the A from the clue and a two-letter abbreviation for a doctor
22a Expert firing cheats, then laughing loudly (13)
People who cheat at cards followed by a verb meaning laughing loudly
26a Observes European agreement (4)
E(uropean) followed by a word expressing agreement
27a Complaint after traffic light’s turned around, producing accident (10)
A complaint or illness after the reversal (turned around) of a traffic light
1d Separate part of England and a part of US (4)
The abbreviation for a separate part of England followed by the A from the clue
2d Said number was raised as anticipated (7)
What sounds like (said) a number followed by the reversal (raised) of WAS
3d Do-it-yourself work that’s bound to be covered (13)
A book about and by the author
5d Exposed, run over the hill in high dudgeon (8)
A three-letter adjective meaning exposed or public followed by R(un) and an adjective meaning over the hill or having seen better days
7d When repeated in second part of test, it’s stupid (7)
a two-letter word meaning when followed by IN twice (repeated) and the second letter (part) of [t]E[st]
13d Secures inside room — no rush (6,4)
A verb meaning secures or pins inside some room or expanse
18d About to break piece of crockery? Calm down (7)
The two-letter Latin abbreviation for about inside (to break) a piece of crockery
23d Material investigated in touching way (4)
Two definitions – a type of material or cloth and a verb meaning investigated by touching
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