Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2751 (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 American in party concerning host (10)
This member of an American political party is a charade of a two-letter word meaning concerning and a host or landlord
9a Part of speech supporting no multinational organisation (7)
A charade of a three-letter word meaning supporting or in favour of, NO and the usual multinational peacekeeping organisation
14a They are mostly awfully coarse (6)
An anagram (awfully) of THEY with most of AR[E]
15a Break where some locks have been cut (8)
Split as (2,6) this could mean where some locks of hair have been cut
19a Pass, in parts of race, European after European (6)
This verb meaning to pass or slip away is derived by putting some parts of a race around a circular track between E(uropean) and E(uropean)
22a I, for example, making excellent landlord (7,6)
A charade of an adjective meaning excellent and a landlord who rents out property
26a Backed host’s call to stop getting drinks put out (4)
The reversal (backed) of the call made by a host or landlord to indicate that no more drinks will be served
27a Composing melody for little children (6-4)
A cryptic definition of a melody for little children intended to make them composed or soothed
1d Like a painter of poor quality (4)
This could be an adjective meaning like a painter of the kind used for fastening a boat
2d Stupid person offering inferior wine to ruler (7)
Some inferior wine followed by the Queen’s regnal cipher
3d Hear Ted may be grief-stricken (6-7)
This could describe the first two words in the clue and the gap between them!
7d Parted from popular humorous author (2,5)
A usual two-letter meaning popular followed by an American author famous for his witticisms, like “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”
11d Unlikely transport for officer? Everything stops for it (7,6)
Split as (7’1,5) this could be an unlikely form of transport for a senior military officer
16d European citizen in trio ending off four months on ship (8)
The three-letter suffix (trio) that appears at the end of the names of four months of the year followed by an ocean-going ship
18d Thus princess brings in piano for top singers (7)
A two-letter word meaning thus and an Indian princess around (brings in) P(iano)
23d Excited to have a game in East Germany, initially (4)
The A from the clue and an Oriental (in East) board game followed by the initial letter of G[ermany]
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