Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2762 (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 Person making dough around clubs as supporter (6)
Put a tradesman who makes dough from flour around C(lubs)
8a United‘s defensive blunder in tie (8)
The two-letter abbreviation for a defensive error in football inside a verb meaning to tie or fasten
11a In a frenzy, brief reassurance about my condition (4)
Split as (2,2) this could be a brief reassurance about my condition
13a Where journalists may be found after crowd largely dispersed (5,7)
A crowd or throng followed by an anagram (dispersed) of LARGELY
20a Soil inside grave I removed? That’s defamatory (10)
Some soil or ground inside an adjective meaning grave from which the I has been removed
21a After cold, ring doctor to sort out shock, in a way (4)
C(old) followed by the ring-shaped letter and one of the usual abbreviations for a doctor gives a verb meaning to sort out a shock of hair
22a Silly person that entrusts nest egg to others (6)
This silly person is also a bird that is noted for depositing its egg in the nest of another bird
25a Experience confinement, kept under observation (6)
Split as (2,4) this could mean to experience confinement unwillingly
1d Reserve currency no longer used — reminder placed in work (8)
A four-letter verb meaning to reserve a place followed by a currency that was replace by the Euro gives a reminder that can be placed in a work of literature
2d Arrest for threatening announcement by player (5)
This verb meaning to arrest or bring to a standstill is also an announcement by a chess player about an impending threat
3d Repeating speech so boring, left 50 per cent out throughout (7)
A signature Virgilius clue – leave out the first half (50 per cent) of three words in the clue
7d Shed adjoining building slowly covering area (4-2)
The musical notation for slowly around (covering) A(rea)
9d Part of Bible filling clergymen briefly with joy (11)
To get this book (part) in the Bible, start with an three-letter abbreviated form of a clergyman, make it plural and then insert (filling) joy or delight
17d Workers rising within a unit in plant (7)
Some workers reversed (rising in a down clue) inside the A from the clue and a unit or singleton
19d Shed in swampy area (6)
This verb meaning to shed or cast off an outer skin is also a swampy area
OK it’s an alternative clue, but I’m allowed to break my own rules and I couldn’t resist this one!
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21d Hiding-place pronounced ready (5)
Sounds like (pronounced) ready money
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