Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2771 (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 Person helping parents out, whose charges are small (4-6)
A cryptic definition of someone who looks after small children (charges) while their parents are out
9a Descent taking long time on rope (7)
To get this descent or ancestry, a long period of time is preceded by (on in an across clue) a rope
10a Sheets put on piano for musicians (7)
Some sheets or strata preceded by (once again on in an across clue) P(iano)
14a Where last flight goes? Area that’s part of Greece (6)
The room at the top of a house that is reached by the last flight of stairs followed by A(rea)
17a Before a contest, amateur is slacker (8)
The A from the clue and a contest in, say, boxing preceded by a three-letter word meaning amateur
22a Having a major role in stealing valuable stuff from church (6,3,4)
This could mean stealing valuable stuff from the roof of a church
26a Middle of historic game in East African country (4)
Deliberate misdirection here – the middle two letter of [his[TO[ric] followed by a game that came originally from the Orient (East) gives this West African country
27a Absurdly old, a suitor not operating in good faith? (10)
An anagram (absurdly) of OLD A SUITOR
1d Epitome of soundness or beauty, say (4)
The metaphoric epitome of soundness sounds like a beautiful young lady
2d It supports complaint about new type of welfare (7)
IT preceded by a complaint or moan around N(ew)
3d Track Conservative support around popular would-be ministers (6,7)
A verb meaning to track or follow then C(onservative) and a verb meaning to support or assist around a two-letter word meaning popular
4d With little time left, Germany finally score (6)
T(ime) followed by a verb meaning left or departed and the final letter of [German]Y
5d Performer I put under pressure in next upset (8)
The full expansion of the Roman numeral I under P(ressure) all inside an anagram (upset) of NEXT
11d Notice conclusions of judge for court, given careful consideration outside (13)
The final letters () of [judg]E [fo]R and [cour]T inside some careful consideration or counsel
16d Medium spoke, produced speech hard to follow (8)
M(edium) followed by a verb meaning spoke
23d Line taken from almost endless prophetic book (4)
An answer that is hidden in plain sight – drop L(ine) from A[L]MOS[T] without its final letter (endless)
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