Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2755 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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Don’t forget there’s a very special prize for this month’s Prize puzzle.
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.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow:
1a Motivate including piano in concert ahead of time (6)
Put P(iano) between a concert and T(ime)
4a Fail to notice gallery, say, in error (8)
A four-letter verb meaning to fail to notice followed by a well-known London art gallery
10a Opening words for meeting, such as his? (9)
… his being the plural of hi
14a Period charm (5)
A double definition – a period of time and a charm or bewitchment
18a Want game for children in seaside area (8)
Put the three-letter name of a game for children inside a seaside area
26a With difficulty, live in brick house (5)
A three-letter difficulty followed by a verb meaning to live
27a They make flight safer as outlaw is cut short (9)
A three-letter verb meaning to outlaw followed by IS and most of (cut) an adjective meaning short or brief
29a Rule that’s good concerning name (6)
G(ood) followed by a four-letter word meaning concerning and N(ame)
1d Dog I record as boxer (8)
a three-letter word for a dog followed by the I from the clue and a verb meaning to record or catalogue
5d Jailed Reginald wrongly for illegal financial activity (7,7)
An adjective meaning jailed or serving time followed by an anagram (wrongly) of REGINALD
6d Workers going after queen — part of class war, maybe (5)
These workers who go after a queen bee are hidden (part of) inside the clue
7d A lot of weapons are sent, all unfinished (7)
Drop the final letters from three words in the clue and then run them together
9d Making sense, like an umbrella when it’s raining? (14)
It makes sense to use an umbrella when it is raining – and this sort of describes where you are when using it
17d Abandon plane team leader’s aboard (8)
three-letter aeroplane followed by the initial letter (leader) of T[eam] and a phrase (2,2) meaning aboard
22d Doctor has the cover for blade (6)
An anagram (doctor) of HAS THE
24d Set up a time and place for sporting contest (5)
The indefinite article (2) followed by a long period of time, all reversed (set up in a down clue)
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