Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2760 (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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Some hints follow:
1a Deficiency in rebuilt base where part of Russian navy is (5,3)
A deficiency inside an anagram (rebuilt) of BASE
9a How the scales of justice should operate better, we hear, for traveller (8)
If the answer is split (3,5) it sounds like How the scales of justice should operate better (5,6)
10a Player as viewed by opponent in bridge school (4)
Split as (1,2,1) this is one of the usual bridge players as viewed by one of his opponents
11a Ready to get off the ground, completely developed (5-7)
Two definitions – how a nestling is when it is ready to fly and an adjective, which alludes to the first definition, meaning completely developed or experienced
15a Black sheep’s description — dull and stupid (6)
B(lack) followed by the adjective associated with sheep – did you know that I have a page all about animals in “The Mine”?
16a European hero of American novel (4)
… written by Mark Twain
17a Indian garments from South, having come to be cut (5)
S(outh) followed by most of (cut) a verb meaning come to be or happen
23a Gradually developing as rebel after monarch’s ousted as leader (12)
Start with another word for a rebel and drop (ousted) the R (Rex/Regina, monarch) from the beginning of the word (leader)
26a Island after island found in river (4)
IS(land) after IS(land) gives another name for the River Thames near Oxford
27a Patience, for example, to repeat after revision (8)
This patience was written by Gilbert and Sullivan and is an anagram (after revision) of TO REPEAT
28a Person involved in case originally tailing leader of thieves (8)
An anagram (originally) of TAILING followed by the initial letter (leader) of T[hieves]
2d Author that is initially holding up American volume for book-lovers (8)
The initial letters of the first three words preceded by (holding up in a down clue) the American spelling of a unit of volume
5d Ignoring origins of law, try being crooked (4)
Drop (ignore) the initial letters (origins) of two words in the clue
6d Details of course of naval vessel mate’s heading North (8)
A three-letter naval underwater vessel followed by a mate or partner and the S from ‘S
7d Transformed prince, perhaps, changed for good (4)
Simple construction – an anagram (changed) of FOR followed by G(ood) – but very clever
8d Drop in financial support — it’s not on the level (8)
A verb meaning to drop or perish inside some financial support, particularly that given to a student
14d Movement that’s slowly taken inside popular government (5)
… if you’re looking for a trademark hidden word, here’s one of them!
16d Border for skirt or winter coat further down (8)
A three-letter winter coat followed by a word meaning further down or under
22d Attend one opening in theatre and quickly leave (4,2)
To attend (2,2) followed by I (one) and the initial letter (opening) of T[heatre]
24d Covering or partly covering (4)
… and here’s the other!
25d Gemstone seen in ring partner has on (4)
O (ring) followed by (has on) a partner or mate
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