Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2757 (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 Making another appearance in theatre? (7,7)
A cryptic definition of having one’s appearance changed in the operating theatre
12a Bad behaviour in stag party, in part (11)
Split as (3,7) this could be part of a stag party – the second word means a small group of people formed of dissenting members of a larger group or party
15a Go from nine to five, say, as covered by official order (8)
Note that five is less than nine! – put AS inside (covered by) an official order
17a Locate said bishop’s office to get views on holiday (8)
What sounds like (said) a verb meaning to locate followed by the three-letter office of a bishop
19a European beer knocked back in feast (6)
E(uropean) and a tasteless beer, all reversed (knocked back)
22a Giving off glow and awful fouler smell (11)
An anagram (awful) of FOULER followed by a smell or odour
23a Something for elevenses? It’s not quite eleven (3)
Most of an eleven or side
26a Adult opponents holding hands in circle (5-2)
… see The Usual Suspects page for these opponents
27a After one season, uninspired play (3,7,4)
One of four seasons (3,6) followed by an adjective meaning uninspired
1d Disorder in pros far worse — they can’t fight any more (9,2,3)
An anagram (disorder) of IN PROS FAR WORSE
2d Hold up article, in turn, as circus performer (7)
A verb meaning to hold up or steal from and the single-letter indefinite article inside a turn or performance
4d Hot food repeatedly found, from what we hear, in cold country (6)
This hot food sounds like (from what we hear) both (repeatedly) an adjective meaning cold and a country
5d Life put in disarray, with daughter being given raise (8)
An anagram (in disarray) of LIFE PUT followed by D(aughter)
6d CO, for example, leads in generating appropriate strategy (3)
… CO here is a chemical formula
8d Reckon English king liberal — that disproves hypothesis (14)
A verb meaning to reckon or enumerate followed by E(nglish), the three-letter Latin word for a king and an adjective meaning liberal or generous
18d Journey top-class — secure fare from Hungary (7)
A two-letter verb meaning to journey or travel followed by the single-letter that represents top class and a verb meaning to secure or fasten
20d Part of crustacean or insect upset queen (7)
An insect followed by the reversal (upset) of the name of the last Stuart monarch
25d Argument in bank? Heard otherwise (3)
Two definitions which are spelt the same but pronounced differently (heard otherwise) – sometimes referred to as homonyms [Chambers: homonym – a word having the same sound and perhaps the same spelling as another, but a different meaning and origin, sometimes extended to words having a different sound and the same spelling]
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