Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2764 (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 University problem — way I’d agitated about learner moving to higher class (8,6)
U(niversity) followed by an anagram (agitated) of PROBLEM WAY I’D around L(earner)
11a Kind of dance that’s labelled as Haitian or Cuban, initially? (3)
This device is usually labelled with the initial letters of H[aitian] or C[uban]
15a Male brought in to make a meal in afternoon (5,3)
M(ale) inside a verb meaning to make and the A from the clue
17a Like records showing main competitor missing second run (8)
An adjective meaning main or chief and a competitor from which the second instance of R(un) has been dropped (missing)
22a Not using care, yet temperature reduced (11)
A six-letter word meaning yet followed by T(emperature) and an adjective meaning reduced
24a Tease about time that set of bones is found in chest (7)
A three-letter verb meaning to tease followed by the single-letter Latin abbreviation for about and a period of time
26a Perform in theatre in musical work they oddly selected (7)
This verb meaning to perform in a hospital theatre is a charade of a musical work and the odd letters of T[h]E[y]
27a After show, model is tense (7,7)
A verb meaning to show or display followed by an adjective meaning model or ideal
1d Weak plant put under sun as it moved around (14)
A plant or workshop preceded by (under in a down clue) an anagram (moved around) of SUN AS IT
2d About which angler may tell one (7)
The story of the one that got away!
5d Spanish killers usually managing to avoid charges (8)
These Spanish killers usually manage to avoid the charging of a bull!
6d Don’t allow sequence of notes, except for local lawyers (3)
A rare quintuple definition.
8d Rifts could result from this initial extension of Constitution (5,9)
This could describe an anagram of RIFTS
13d Adjusts engagement, dresses differently (7,4)
Two definitions – the first being a verb meaning adjusts the engagement of the device that transmits the motion of a car
16d Criticise the combination of old and new in temple (8)
A three-letter verb meaning to criticise followed by THE, O(ld) and N(ew)
21d Get back and start to read Italian author at university (6)
The initial letter (start) of R(ead) followed by the surname of the Italian author of Il nome della rosa (The Name of the Rose) and the usual word for at university
25d Repeatedly in classes has surpassed dunce (3)
This dunce is hidden inside (in) the clue thrice (repeatedly)
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