Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2766 (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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Having nearly recovered from the exertions of my trip to London yesterday, here are some hints:
1a Use lurid style that’s essential, as in novel about love? (14)
An anagram (novel) of ESSENTIAL AS IN around O (love)
9a Female who enters and exits, inserting key in a lock (7)
This female who enters and exits the stage during a play is derived by putting a musical key between the A from the clue and a lock of hair
10a Port in goblet unfinished before journey West (7)
Most of a five-letter word for a goblet followed by a two-letter verb meaning to journey and W(est)
11a Quietly move boat in front of ship (4)
The musical notation for quietly followed by a verb meaning to move a boat with oars
18a Announcement of simplified combination of languages to be used in flier (6)
This sounds like word meaning a combination and distortion of two languages as a means of communication, like that, mainly English in vocabulary with Chinese arrangement, used in communication between Chinese and foreigners
21a For example, including extremely narrow or widest possible category (10)
The Latin abbreviation of “for example” around a word meaning extremely and an adjective meaning narrow
24a Misprint in a line at end of American volume (7)
To get this misprint of a letter in a word put the A from the clue and L(ine) after the American term for a metric volume
26a Room at college I arranged in way that’s weather-related (14)
An anagram (arranged) of ROOM AT COLLEGE I
1d Start operating with this set of notes covering page 50 (7)
A set of musical notes around P(age) and followed by the Roman numeral for 50
2d Scene of dramatic events for our country near Waterloo (8,7)
A cryptic definition of a complex near Waterloo Bridge / Station where dramatic events are performed on each of the three stages
3d Second child as epitome of soundness, mostly (4)
To get the name of the second child of Adam and Eve take most of the object (1,4) which is used in the idiom which starts “as sound as …”
5d Not quite on time, glass of beer for singer (8)
An adverb meaning not quite followed by T(ime) and a glass used for serving beer
7d More than 50% of libraries, from either end, for instance (4,2,3,6)
One of these is the first five letters (more than 50%) of LIBRA[ries] and another is the last five [libr]ARIES – my “clue of the week”
13d Diagram showing results of multiplying (6,4)
A cryptic definition of a diagram showing one’s ancestry (results of multiplying)
19d Car is still in this indeterminate colour (7)
The gear in which a car is usually stationary and an indeterminate colour
23d Vessel taking major across river (4)
An adjective meaning major around R(iver)
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