Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2763 (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 Down-at-heel actor being brought initially into cast (6)
The initial letters of three words in the clue inside a verb meaning to cast or throw
10a Act without propriety or honour, holding one’s own (9)
The three-letter abbreviation for the lowest level of a UK honour around (holding) I’S (one’s) and followed by a verb meaning to own
12a Financial institution holding good, adequate capital (7)
A much-maligned financial institution around G(ood) followed by a two-letter word meaning adequate or satisfactory
14a Live broadcast’s central piece competently put together (5)
The middle letter (central piece) of [broa]D[cast] combined with (put together) a word meaning competently
15a Presenting in a way that’s outstanding, on purpose (8)
A word meaning outstanding or unpaid preceded by (on) a purpose
18a Clear up venue sometimes chosen for parties, as we hear (8)
Sounds like (as we hear) a venue sometimes chosen for parties for their conferences
25a Call from Jersey or Guernsey with phone, securing vessel (7)
The call made by Jersey or Guernsey cattle followed by a verb meaning to phone
29a Learner in Latin that is least diligent (6)
Put L(earner) inside the full Latin phrase meaning “that is”, not the more usual abbreviation
1d Person who’s undistinguished? Yes and no (8)
A generic word for a person can also mean a distinguished person – isn’t the English language strange at times!
2d Failure to show what can be heart-warming? (7)
Proverbially this makes the heart grow fonder
6d Mature writing, perhaps, I compose (5)
One of Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic followed by the I from the clue and a verb meaning to compose a piece of prose
8d Key part of fight for territory (6)
A musical key followed by part of a fight in the boxing ring
16d In royal style, I will upset oldie that’s tired and emotional? (4-5)
The abbreviated royal style for “I will”(2’2) (remember what Queen Victoria said when she was not amused to get the style!) followed by an anagram (upset) of OLDIE
19d Got out of control in diatribe about carnival site (3,4)
A diatribe around a South American carnival site
21d Forbidding one expression of disgust (7)
An adjective meaning forbidding or stern followed by a word meaning one when applied to a playing card
24d Tax man showing exemplary patience in private meeting (5)
A verb meaning to tax or make demands on followed by the usual two-letter abbreviation for a good man who shows exemplary patience
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