Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2753 (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 Name in cast not altered, staying the same (8)
N(ame) inside an anagram (altered) of CAST NOT
9a Change country as leader of government in Arab state (8)
Put the initial letter (leader) of G[overnment] inside a typical Arab state
15a Put off about one person who’s determined to lose (6)
A verb meaning to put off or discourage around I (one) gives someone who is determined to lose weight
16a Undergarment seen in strip? (4)
Two definitions – an undergarment and a strip or scrap of, say, paper
21a Went through again, putting in clue finally made easier (8)
A verb meaning went through again in one’s imagination with the final letter of [clu]E
23a Knowledgable source replacing male editor (4-8)
This is not how I would have spelt knowledgeable, but Chambers does give it as an alternative – split as (4,2,3,1,2) this could mean a source of water is replacing M(ale) ED(itor)
27a Tune again interpreted precisely (8)
A verb meaning interpreted or understood followed by an adverb meaning precisely or exactly
28a Type avoiding risk repeatedly carrying a helmet, for instance (8)
Someone who avoids risk on an investment by making balancing or compensating transactions has the A from the clue inserted (carrying) in two separate places (repeatedly)
2d Novel as inspiration for fictional character (8)
Two definitions – an adjective meaning novel or innovative and a person on which a character in a literary work is based
3d Quickly move into South London, say, some company assets (5,7)
A verb meaning to move quickly inside S(outh) and the type of city of which London is an example (say)
4d A line in Merchant of Venice for handsome youth (6)
The A from the clue followed by L(ine) inside the surname of a Venetian merchant (no, not Antonio this time!)
8d Females celebrating, exuberant about new piano (3,5)
An adjective meaning exuberant or enthusiastic around N(ew) and P(iano)
14d Bone the setter held up, wrapped warmly? (5)
The reversal (help up in a down clue) of the first person objective pronoun (the setter) is wrapped warmly by being “in” the hair of certain animals
19d Possibly the polar opposite of scarcity (8)
An anagram (possibly) of THE POLAR
24d Idle brains (4)
Two definitions – a verb meaning to idle or stand around and brains that you might be invited to use
25d Insert in coat had darn, for example (4)
Hidden inside (insert in) the clue
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