Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2752 (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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Some hints follow:
1a No answer in classroom? It’s she that’s upset (14)
A bit difficult to pick out the definition in this sort of all-in-one clue – an anagram (upset) of CL[A]SSROOM IT’S SHE without (no) the A(nswer)
11a Cuts lines in graph at right angles (4)
Two definitions – cuts with a hatchet or cuts from the staff of a company on the one hand and lines in graph which intersect at right angles
14a Cute animals put down in the ring, unfortunately (6)
A two-letter word meaning to put down on the canvas in the boxing ring followed by an adverb meaning unfortunately
17a Unconventional painters having old man sit as arranged (8)
The three-letter word for the old man or father followed by an anagram (arranged) of SIT AS
18a Puzzle fittingly completed after some steps understood (6)
A three-letter word for some steps in a lively dance followed by a verb meaning understood
22a What one’s shot, including rook and crow (4)
The amount of game shot by a hunter around R(ook) gives a verb meaning to crow or boast
24a Power cut in a part of hospital is inconvenient (7)
The two-letter abbreviation (cut) for a measure of power inside the A from the clue and a part of a hospital
26a Medicines laid out over counter, finally no longer illegal (14)
An anagram (out) of MEDICINES LAID around (over) the final letter of [counte]R
1d Reverse part of defence after some action in court (7)
Part of the defence in a sport like football after some action on the tennis court
4d King Edward, say, as lawgiver? (6)
Two definitions – an informal word for a potato, of which King Edward is a variety, and a the name given to a “law” that says if something can go wrong, it will
6d Disreputable child to tease with a cake (10)
A three-letter verb meaning to tease followed by the the A from the clue and a savoury, round, breadlike cake, eaten hot, with butter (or an American word for a stodgy cupcake)
8d Fought, in a way, protected by barrier (6)
Two definitions – fought, as a sport, with a sword and protected by barrier
13d Tiny changes in volume, a fine novel (6,4)
An anagram (changes) of TINY inside V(olume), the A from the clue, and an adjective meaning fine or bright gives a novel by William Makepeace Thackeray
16d Organised party dipped into handy source of money haphazardly (2,6)
A three-letter verb meaning organised and a two-letter party inside (dipped into) a handy source of money usually found outside a bank
19d Carried on, holding king or queen, and gambled (7)
A verb meaning carried on or engaged in around the regnal cipher for many a king and for our queen
23d Work as farmer — there’s money in it (4)
Two definitions – to work as a farmer preparing a field for arable crops and something that holds the money in a shop
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