Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2765 (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 Something insightful said in support of enjoyable repair work — about time (10)
A three-letter prefix meaning in support of followed by an adjective meaning enjoyable and the three-letter abbreviation for some repair work (or new construction) around T(ime)
10a Friendly question your setter has about his competence? (7)
Split as (2,1,4) this could be a question your setter has about his competence
12a Logical flaw I had reversed in short form (13)
The abbreviated form of “I had” reversed inside a short form or abridgement
15a Doctor doing some gymnastics in reflected light (8)
One of the abbreviations for a doctor followed by a phrase meaning doing some gymnastics (2,4)
19a Fire up learner admitted by helpful European (6)
L(earner) inside an adjective meaning helpful and E(uropean)
24a What might you do with internet, absorbing energy in excess (7)
What you might do with the internet (4,2) around (absorbing) E(nergy)
25a Form of carbon that could be useful for dating? (7)
… as it’s a girl’s best friend!
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27a Bullied in dispute between bishops, bolted (10)
A dispute sandwiched between two B(ishop)s and followed by a verb meaning bolted one’s food
1d Fills out page with material that profits paper (4)
P(age) followed by the material in a newspaper that account for some or all of the profits
2d Promoted soldier not in reserve, right? (7)
A charade of a word meaning not in, reserve or formality and R(ight)
3d Insecure about short story? That’s beyond dispute (13)
An adjective meaning insecure or precarious around a, new to me, short story, as a form of literary composition
4d Stop serving part of meal, so to speak (6)
This verb meaning to stop serving as a soldier sounds like (so to speak) a part of a meal
5d Way in over one’s head? (4-4)
This way in is either over one’s head or under one’s feet, depending on which side you happen to be!
8d What comes before or after this clue is still less sensitive (4,6)
Concentrate on this clue, not previous or subsequent clues, and look at the clue number and the enumeration – it’s a charade of an adverb meaning still or yet and an adjective meaning less sensitive
11d Regardless of others, trendy Conservative chosen for team to assess (13)
A charade of a two-letter word meaning trendy, C(onservative), a phrase meaning chosen for the team (2,4) and a verb meaning to assess
13d Hold son (4-6)
This wrestling hold could be a clue for SON
23d Port in Middle East, a place inhabited with pride (4)
The A from the clue followed by a place inhabited by a pride of lions
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