Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2758 (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 Versatile player daft men abandon (3-3,4)
An anagram (daft) of MEN ABANDON
9a Fruit drink that’s pink I had knocked back inside (7)
A shade of pink around the reversal (knocked back) of the abbreviated form of I had
10a Police covering up evidence of debt that’s abundant (7)
Some policemen around (covering up) evidence of a debt
12a Member of working group due to change in transition, possibly (5,8)
An anagram (to change) of DUE inside an anagram (possibly) of TRANSITION
17a Person from North or South, and one from west of Europe (8)
This person from a northerly territory comes from S(outh) and someone from a large peninsula in western Europe
19a Assassin decapitated American poet (3,3)
Drop the initial letter (decapitated) from the surname of a 19th century American poet
24a Not for profit, in a way (7)
A profit inside the A from the clue and the abbreviation for a way or road
27a In good US city, managed even accommodation for senior (6,4)
G(ood) and the two-letter abbreviation for a US city around a verb meaning managed and followed by an adjective meaning even
1d Part of concert that’s not encored (4)
Hidden (part of) inside the clue
2d One slip corrected using another? (7)
A cryptic definition of a slip of paper which lists slips or errors in a book
3d Critical comment from part of UK in a crazy form (13)
A part of the UK, but not of Great Britain, inside the A from the clue, a three-letter adjective meaning crazy and a form of type
4d Listed in programme as indisposed, so resting? (6)
An adjective meaning indisposed or unwell inside a resting place
8d Male announcing about one about to lose? (10)
The male pronoun and a verb meaning announcing around I (one) gives an action that proverbially results in loss
11d Subject to possible revision, feed friend (13)
13d Annoyed fishermen about a critical juncture (10)
An adjective meaning annoyed and some men who fish using poles around the A from the clue
16d Head off a lot of deaths? It’s supposedly the best medicine (8)
… another proverbial reference!
21d Flowery piece found in part of Bible (6)
This part of a flower is in each of the two main parts of the bible
23d Food team-mate has demolished in first or second half (4)
An anagram (demolished) of both TEAM (first half) and MATE (second half)
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