Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2749 (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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Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Where the hint describes a construct a “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.
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Some hints follow:
1a Painter‘s canvas finally framed by old measure of length (6)
This member of a modern movement in painting is derived by inserting the final letter of [canva]S into an old measure of length, approximately equal to the length of a forearm
12a Trains and other transport (7)
Two definitions – a verb meaning trains a sportsperson and forms of transport
13a Expressing what follows a successful pitch (7)
Two definitions – a verb meaning expressing or phrasing and what follows pitching in a game similar to golf
14a Endlessly in a dire and extremely low position (5)
A rather different way of clueing a hidden word! – drop the outer letters (endlessly) from a group of three words in the clue
18a Cold Scandinavian city absorbing new cut (8)
C(old) followed by a port in eastern Denmark around (absorbing) N(ew)
26a Over time, does, for example, discourage (5)
… these does are female animals!
28a Fan of John or George at various times, but never Ringo? (8)
There have been kings called John and George, but never one called Ringo, or Paul, so we need a word for someone who supports a monarch
29a Awfully ribald, like one matchmaker? (6)
An anagram (awfully) of RIBALD
1d Concerned initially about smell in street (8)
The initial letter of C[oncerned] followed by a two-letter word meaning about and a smell or odour
5d Composure left female on legal team in meeting (4-10)
L(eft), F(emale) and a body of men summoned by a sheriff to enforce the law (legal team) inside a meeting or sitting
6d So, bit by bit, disrupting performance in English course (5)
Intersperse (bit by bit) the letters of SO inside (disrupting) a performance to get an English racecourse
7d Foreigner I arrested concealing article (7)
The I from the clue and a phrasal verb meaning arrested (3,2) around the indefinite article
9d Penetrating articles as result of reduced circulation (4,3,7)
Two definitions – penetrating articles with sharp points and a condition caused by
reduced blood circulation
16d On hill, sign about European national hero (9)
Start with a three-letter word for a hill and precede it with a sign of the Zodiac around E(uropean)
21d Flapping of wings over sea (7)
An adjective meaning of wings followed by (over in a down clue) the three-letter abbreviation for a sea
22d Web designer beginning to swell with false pride (6)
The initial letter (beginning) of S[well] followed by an anagram (false) of PRIDE
24d March is followed by this pair getting into trouble (5)
The abbreviation for P(ai)R inside a verb meaning to trouble or distress
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