Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2750 (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 Like chatting in company with citizen about poetry, mostly (14)
CO(mpany) followed by a citizen or subject around most of some poetry
9a Sun is awful — part of dilemma is still having woollen coat on (7)
An anagram (is awful) of SUN followed by one or other part of a what may impale someone, according to the well-known phrase meaning faced with a decision involving equally unfavourable alternatives
10a Monk holding naughty dance in South America (7)
A Buddhist monk around an adjective meaning naughty
12a Endlessly endangers health? That could make he-man so sick (5-6)
An anagram (that could make) of HE-MAN SO SICK
15a Like a good jumper, strongly built (4-4)
This adjective meaning strongly built or powerful is cryptically like a good jumper or sweater
19a How person jumping off Pont Neuf might be pronounced? (6)
Split as (2,4) this sounds like (pronounced) where someone who has jumped off the Pont Neuf in Paris might finish up, as (6) it possibly describes how their mentality might be pronounced or assessed
26a Cause of ill-feeling, friend pinching certain amount of work (7)
A friend around (pinching) the CGS unit of work
27a Lots come here on top of the sledge? Just the opposite (5,3,6)
Where auction lots come is the opposite of on top followed by a sledge or heavy tool used for such jobs as breaking rocks and driving in fence posts
1d Reckon mere rearranging’s a positive preventive step (14)
A verb meaning to reckon or add up followed by an anagram (rearranging) of MERE, the A from the clue and an adjective meaning positive or certain
3d Having raised mark, pass English without support in school (4,7)
Reverse (having raised in a down clue) a verb meaning to mark or write down followed by a three-letter word for a pass and E(nglish) around a support, such as one for a table
5d A fast time in boat race Oxford finally accomplished (8)
The A from the clue and a time of fasting in the Christian calendar inside the final letters of three words in the clue
6d Circle ruler, initially, as measure of resistance (3)
The letter shaped like a circle followed by the two-letter abbreviation accorded to a ruler or monarch
16d Display rope that gives extra protection when camping (8)
A verb meaning to display or show, for example, a flag followed by a nautical term for a rope
20d For racing tipster, starting price, for example, is a sign about horse (7)
How do you get, for example, from RACING TIPSTER to STARTING PRICE (or vice versa)? To find the answer put the A from the clue and the three-letter English word for a particular sign of the zodiac around a three-letter word for a horse
21d Face very learned person taking one in (6)
V(ery) and a learned person around (taking … in) I (one)
25d Crop doubled in bumper year? Yes (3)
This type of grain crop is hidden not once but twice inside the final three words in the clue
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