Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2746 (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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Some hints follow:
1a East of mountain range, spotted woodcutter? (8)
Another word for a mountain range followed by *East of) a three-letter verb meaning spotted or observed
10a For example, air pressure makes one catch one’s breath (4)
Start with a substance, of which air is an example, which will fill any space and follow it with P(ressure)
13a Horse‘s upper body and head (8)
This type of horse is a charade of the upper body and a slang word for the head
16a Bridge team (4)
Two definitions – a bridge and a team of oxen
17a Man captured by queen might (5)
The abbreviation for a man who has been captured by opposing forces followed by the Queen’s regnal cipher
21a Democrat and European male engaged in opposition (8)
D)emocrat) and E(uropean) followed by a male who is engaged to be married
26a Be inclined to give instruction to setter, say (4)
Two definitions – a verb meaning to be inclined or tilted and an instruction given to an animal of which a setter is an example (say)
28a The small instrument that’s been shortened for player (8)
THE and S(mall) followed by most of (that’s been shortened) a musical instrument gives a player or actor
2d Was able to sail over line, finally, in leading position (8)
A phrase meaning owned something in which to sail (3,4) around the final letter of [lin]E
3d Impressionist painter’s room in a mess (12)
An anagram (in a mess) of PAINTER’S ROOM
6d Person who runs out of clothing (8)
A cryptic definition of someone who runs while not wearing some or all of their clothes
7d For instance, eight dice (4)
Two definitions – a number, of which eight is an example (instance) and a dice – common usage has allowed this plural noun to represent a single die
8d Justifiable deception as we don’t stand up about strike (5,3)
WE and a verb meaning to do the opposite (don’t) of standing up around a strike or blow
14d Helped when powerless — reason for being in church? (5)
This verb meaning helped a stranded motorist when his engine has failed (powerless) could, if split (2,3), be a reason for being in church
22d Effigy of Fawkes, endlessly burning? (6)
Most of (endlessly) the first name of Gunpowder Plot conspirator Fawkes in a position where it is burning burning (in ****) – conjures up images of November 5th!
25d Aromatic plant in perfect condition (4)
Two fairly obvious definitions
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