Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2768 (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:
7a Problem with that chap twice holding a scoundrel back (8)
Two instances of the male pronoun (that chap twice) surround the A from the clue and the reversal (back) of a scoundrel
9a Make nothing of penning article in regular publication (6)
A verb meaning to make nothing of or to cancel around the indefinite article
11a Excel in jumping, perhaps, on first leg rather than second? (8)
This could be (perhaps) a verb meaning to excel in jumping, but such a verb does not exist – instead it’s an adjective meaning on the first leg of a journey as opposed to the return leg
19a Indication of distress produced by rent? Doesn’t sound like it (4)
This indication of stress or sadness is spelt the same as a rent or rip but is not pronounced the same (doesn’t sound like it) – although there are differing opinions on the precise definition of a homonym, in my book this is an example of one
25a Art of defence seen in answer given by king in front of judge (6)
A(nswer) preceded by K(ing) and followed by a verb meaning to judge or assess
27a Otherwise healthy Englishman who wrote about thirty years ago? (6)
A charade of a two-letter word meaning otherwise and an adjective meaning healthy gives the author of a book that was titled 1984 (about thirty years ago)
28a Vehicle I discarded disappeared (8)
A charade of a commercial vehicle, I from the clue and a verb meaning discarded
1d At this point, repeatedly included by the researcher experimentally (4)
Hidden (included by) inside the clue not once but twice (repeatedly)
3d Carefully examine old political block (4)
A verb meaning to examine carefully followed by O(ld)
4d Eagle, possibly, or parrot, possibly (6)
This anagram (possibly) of PARROT gives a general word for a bird of prey, of which an eagle is an example (possibly)
5d Doing little work during party period before festival (8)
Two-letter words meaning during and a party followed by the period before Easter (festival)
8d Establish what’s new in a couple of businesses (7)
N(ew) sandwiched between the two-letter abbreviation for a business and another word for a business
16d Aridness devastated fish (8)
These fish are cunningly disguised as an anagram (devastated) of ARIDNESS
18d Concentrate, being stupid, on a couple of points (7)
This verb meaning to concentrate or make more solid is derived from an adjective meaning stupid followed by a couple of compass points
21d I’m uplifted in middle of saintly sermon (6)
I’M is reversed (uplifted in a down clue) and then inserted into an adjective meaning saintly
22d Bob is brusque, say, in heartless way (6)
This bob is a formal indication of respect by a woman and is derived from an adjective meaning brusque followed by S[a]Y without its internal letter (in a heartless way)
26d Trip starts in the red, finishes in the black (4)
The initial letters of T[he] and R[ed] and the final letters of [th]E [blac]K
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