Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2767 (Hints)
Hints and tips by crypticsue
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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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Here are some hints:
1a After a short time, left opposition in legendary island (8)
An informal way for referring to people opposing something goes after A from the clue and the abbreviations for time and left.
16a Farm building above ground, as opposed to cellar, say (4)
A farm building which sounds like (say) a homophone of the opposite of a homophone of cellar.
17a Series of shots producing recovery (5)
A double definition clue.
18a Female of higher class in England than in France or US? (4)
This term for a lady refers to a much higher class of female in England than it does in France, and especially in the USA!
23a Like the word you need to write but not the words in the clue (12)
The words of the clue have only one segment of speech but as the clue says, the self-defining solution you need to write has more.
28a Argument that’s often heard over church? (4-4)
An informal fight sounds like something you might hear coming from a church on Sunday morning, or if you live in our parish, on a Monday night when we practice!
2d What’s needed to finish crossword, yet I can’t, weirdly (8)
Sticking firmly to the task of solving this crossword is an anagram (weirdly) of YET I CANT.
4d Add twice as much nonsense about learner (6)
Some nonsense put about the abbreviation for learner. The realisation that the definition makes sense was one of my d’oh moments this morning.
6d Some detour is typical, especially for sightseers (8)
Hidden in some of the clue!
7d Harrods is this sort of shop (4)
I’m blaming Post Elgar-blogging stress disorder for the age it took me to spot the obvious anagram indicator in this one!
19d Ma’s letters are recited in Asian language (8)
How you would spell out the letters of MA, a homophone (recited) of are and in from the clue.
25d Master giving choice of ends in football field (4)
Write down how you would choose between the ends of football and field.
When BD gets back from York, he will be checking to make sure everyone is obeying the ‘rules’ so I hope that everyone is taking note of the red instructions, unlike yesterday when there were two ‘sendings to the Naughty Corner’. I know I haven’t given as many hints as BD but if you ask nicely, I am sure someone will help you if you are stuck.
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