Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2747 (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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7a Highest level of salt in tree (8)
The chemical formula for common salt inside a type of tree
9a Unsuccessfully leading army maybe around island (2,4)
Where those in the forefront (leading) of an army are said to be (2,3) around I(sland)
10a Dog in cargo vessel that’s docked (6)
Drop (that’s docked) the final letter from a cargo vessel
12a Performer who survives dangerous form of consumption? (5-9)
A cryptic definition of a performer who “consumes” something that is very dangerous
19a Nasty cracks in accommodation (4)
Two definitions – some nasty cracks or gibes and accommodation, especially for a student
23a Men and boys outside prison put back in shackles (8)
The plural noun that includes both men and boys around (outside) the reversal (put back) of a slang word for a prison
25a Line outstanding, calling from Jersey or Guernsey (6)
L(ine) followed by an adjective meaning outstanding or due gives the calling or sound made by, for example, a Jersey or Guernsey cow
27a Energetic kind of voice (6)
Two definitions – an adjective meaning energetic and a grammatical term meaning of that voice in which the subject of the verb represents the doer
28a Alternative to ally is supporter of ruler (8)
An anagram (alternative) of TO ALLY IS
1d Italian’s so long in Chicago, oddly (4)
The Italian farewell is derived from the odd letters of a word in the clue
2d Be irritating about length — he tends to exaggerate it (6)
A verb meaning to be irritating or annoying around L(ength} gives someone who tends to exaggerate the length of his catch
3d As which, best is the same as worst (4)
As this part of speech, to best can mean the same as to worst
8d Part of our capital, in addition, invested in tea (7)
An adverb meaning in addition or besides inside a colloquial word for tea
13d Timepiece that, on the other hand, can be digitally adjusted (10)
A cryptic definition of a timepiece that, while worn on one arm can be adjusted by the fingers (digitally) of the other hand
16d Like theatre surgeon, perhaps, caught pocketing fine instrument (8)
A two-letter abbreviation for someone who could (perhaps) be a surgeon, although traditionally a surgeon does not use this form of address, and C(aught) around (pocketing) a fine instrument that was made in Cremona, Italy
22d In audience for Shakespeare, namely As You Like It? (2,4)
A two-letter word meaning in the audience for a show followed by the shortened form of Shakespeare’s first name
24d Second nature for so-called lawyer (4)
S(econd) followed by a Scottish word for nature or type
26d Something found in Chinese soup — or in minestrone (4)
Hidden inside the final word of the clue
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