Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2759 (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 Wrongly interprets unusual smartness in dud (14)
An anagram (unusual) of SMARTNESS IN DUD
11a Assistant‘s back-to-front idea? (4)
Move the final (back) letter of IDEA to the front
14a Excitement is missing in this stream (6)
Drop (missing) IS from TH[IS] and add a small stream
15a Disturbed area sealed off by barriers protecting it (8)
A(rea) and an adjective meaning sealed off by barriers, like some private roads, around (protecting) IT
17a After power’s achieved, gave speech as minister (8)
P(ower) followed by a verb meaning achieved or attained gives a verb meaning gave a speech as a minister of the church
21a Supporter I reprimanded settled a bill (10)
A limb used for support followed by the I from the clue and a verb meaning reprimanded or criticized gives a verb meaning settled or enacted a Parliamentary bill
24a Met nine or ten men I represented as famous (7)
… two lots of anagram fodder for the price of one!
25a Person who breaks dish (7)
Two definitions – someone who breaks, say, dishes and a dish or beautiful girl
26a Bold lad, one who beats aggressive dog? (14)
A charade of someone who beats or lashes another and an aggressive dog
1d Male, I admit, who travels to work (7)
M(ale) followed by I and a verb meaning to admit or allow
2d Darned slang, this? Wrong (8,7)
This all-in-one clue defines an anagram (wrong) of DARNED SLANG THIS
3d Move cautiously North-West? On the contrary (4)
Split as (2,2) this says the opposite of North-West
4d Station our wartime allies in old school (6)
To get this London station put our main wartime allies inside an old-established public school
7d Artistic skill seen in piece on board vessel (15)
A piece used in a board game followed by a vessel
13d Boycotts Dickensian villain as disgrace to family (5,5)
A verb meaning boycotts followed by a ‘umble Dickensian villain
19d Second person in audience who removes woollen coat? (7)
S(econd) followed by a person in the audience gives someone who removes the woollen coat from 13 down!
23d Festivity a person with convictions set up (4)
The A from the clue and a slang term for a person with criminal convictions, all reversed (set up in a down clue)
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