Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2761 (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:
7a Guided back to mindful state in East (8)
Reverse (back) a three-letter verb meaning guided and follow it with an adjective meaning mindful or informed to get a US state on the eastern seaboard
10a Working for company, not well (6)
Split as (2,4) this could mean working for a company
12a Unusually deviant animal’s a kind of marsupial (9,5)
An anagram (Unusually) of DEVIANT ANIMAL’S
15a Overlook writings about one of the Romans (4)
The usual abbreviation for writings (as opposed to writing) around the Roman numeral for one
19a Bird fell rapidly from sky in America? Doesn’t sound like it (4)
The name of this bird is also the past tense, in the US, of the verb meaning to fall rapidly, but they are pronounced differently (doesn’t sound like it)
20a On which gymnasts may perform as sign of equality, perhaps (10,4)
This apparatus on which gymnasts may perform also describes the mathematical sign of equality
25a Source of danger in hospital covered by doctor or nurse (6)
H(ospital) inside (covered by) a verb meaning either to doctor or to nurse
27a Chap who’s engaged in monetary affairs not using first name (6)
Start with a word meaning monetary affairs and drop the first occurrence of N(ame)
28a King poorly protected by the queen in exciting play, for example (8)
The Latin abbreviation for king and an adjective meaning poorly or sick inside (protected by) THE and the Latin abbreviation for queen
1d When damaged, cut down (4)
Simple but effective – an anagram (damaged) of WHEN
2d Philosophy of Orient‘s left-winger after change of ends (6)
Start with a left-wing follower of a former Chinese head of state and exchange the first end last letters (ends)
4d Gave up, and made some hand signals, we hear (6)
… like the queen!
5d Was happy about a couple of pawns aimlessly moved (8)
The A from the clue followed by two P(awn)s and a verb meaning aimlessly moved around
6d Part of bridge, say, is being intelligent about opponent (10)
This feature of some, but not all, bridges is derived by putting an adjective meaning intelligent around someone who is opposed to something
16d Write up piece of music as, also, dance tune (8)
Reverse (write up in a down clue) a piece of music and AS and then add a word meaning also to get this slow Spanish dance tune
21d What’s repeated in jazz variation for their instrument (6)
The letter that occurs twice (what’s repeated) in [ja]ZZ followed by an anagram (variation) of THEIR
22d Just as sailor turned up on bank (6)
This adverb meaning just or almost is derived from the reversal of the usual sailor followed by a verb meaning to bank or depend
26d Having retired, producing short book in a limited edition (4)
B(ook) inside the A from the clue and the abbreviation for (limited) ED(ition)
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