Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2756 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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There’s still time to enter 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.
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Some hints follow:
1a It’s repeated the wrong way by an old master (6)
The reversal (the wrong way) IT and IT (IT is repeated) followed by AN
4a Hit and pinched (6)
Two definitions – hit or struck and pinched or stolen
8a Unfaithful wife in part of so-called cage (5,3)
An adjective meaning unfaithful or disloyal followed by a biblical expression for a wife
12a Staggered because heavy weight I dropped (10)
A charade two-letter word meaning because, a heavy weight, I from the clue and a verb meaning dropped or cast off
13a Mostly err badly about favourite bird (6,6)
An anagram (badly) of MOSTLY ERR around a favourite
21a Short power cut, thank goodness! (4)
The abbreviation (short) for P(ower), as used in physics, followed by a verb meaning to cut or fell
22a Project about story producing tragic heroine (6)
A three-letter verb meaning to project or protrude around a story or fabrication
25a Part of flower some plant here (6)
Hidden (some) inside the clue
1d Absurd misrepresentation of attempt to wrap a piece of clothing (8)
Put an attempt around (to wrap) a piece of underclothing
3d Study in a library that’s emptied so soon! (7)
A four-letter verb meaning to study inside the A from the clue and L[ibrar]Y after the inner letters have been removed (emptied)
5d Driver missing in combat (7)
A four-letter verb meaning missing inside a major conflict
7d Salesman with a line in expensive-sounding animals (6)
The A from the clue and L(ine) inside some animals that sound like an adjective meaning expensive
9d British are mendacious about female monarchs, say (11)
B(ritish) followed by a phrase (5,4) that means are mendacious or tell fibs around F(emale)
15d Old family member shouted warning after driving over animal (8)
A warning that is shouted after driving a golf ball followed by (over in a down clue) an animal
17d Excellent kind of characters needed for TV but not radio (7)
A Virgilius special – look carefully at the two words TV and radio!
21d In essence, caught lofted shot (5)
Start with a word meaning essence or essential character and insert (in) C(aught)
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