Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2754 (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:
7a Clear course to steer, going by river in France (8)
This clear course in a meal comes from a charade of a verb meaning to direct the steering of a ship followed by a river in France, the site of a major battle of the First World War
9a What worker needs to make — and quick (6)
Two definitions – a worker needs to make this in order to meet his obligations and a what you are if you are quick as opposed to dead
11a Protest about running Hillary, ultimately? Republicans oppose it (8)
A protest or demo around a two-letter word meaning running or in progress and followed by the final letter (ultimately) of [Hillar]Y
12a They help prepare courses in which scores of pros do badly (4,10)
An anagram (badly) of SCORES OF PROS DO
17a Dutiful parent initially promises to meet financial obligations (5)
The initial letter of P[arent] followed by the usual promises to pay back financial obligations
20a Charge over diamonds is arbitrary (14)
A verb meaning to charge or accuse around D(iamonds) and IS
25a Bad actor permitted in title role (6)
A bad actor followed by a verb meaning permitted gives the title role in a Shakespeare play
28a Amend odd law on transfer, electronically (8)
An anagram (amend) of ODD LAW ON
1d Company leading hostile takeover (4)
CO(mpany) followed by a word meaning leading or in front
2d I endlessly abuse Democrat — that’s key in Florida (6)
The I from the clue followed by most of some abuse and D(emocrat)
4d Sources of timber and tools for carpenters (6)
Two definitions – some trees and some carpentry tools
5d Nothing mature about part of speech that’s too outspoken (8)
O)nothing) and a three-letter word meaning mature or aged around a part of speech
13d One drink taken in by mouth at first (10)
I (one) and an alcoholic drink inside an adverb meaning by mouth
14d Those who don’t need preaching to in section of church (5)
The people to whom one has no need to preach in the well-known idiom, defined by Chambers as “to advocate a course of action to people who are already in favour of it” – if you don’t know the expression, there is only one section of a church that fits the checking letters
18d In one way or another, escort around ‘ouse (7)
A verb meaning to escort or usher around a house or residence without its initial letter H
26d Most upset after English test (4)
The reversal (upset in a down clue) of the shortened form of a word meaning most preceded by (after) E(nglish)
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