Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2772 (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 Carriage in railway station (8)
This type of carriage is also a railway station in London
11a 50 per cent of unions delayed protest, not acting with others (12)
The first half (50 per cent) of UNI[ons] followed by an adjective meaning delayed and a protest or demontration
13a Family man initially representing his country (5,3)
The initial letters of this family man, who is a personification of his country, are the same as the abbreviation for that country
15a It keeps time for organ (6)
This slang word for a timepiece is also a slang word for an organ of the body
18a Dull religious book that’s been abridged (4)
This adjective meaning dull is also the abbreviation for a book in the New Testament
21a Cover protecting beautiful woman that’s defamed (8)
A cover for a jar around (protecting) a beautiful woman
23a Great care, however, in poetry, is followed by uneven quality (12)
A three-letter poetical word for however followed by an uneven quality
28a In the red, I typically find what parents pass on (8)
Hidden inside the clue
2d Doctor in nude? No, that’s a malicious suggestion (8)
An anagram (doctor) of IN NUDE NO
5d It includes a part of Russia, not the Western part (4)
A clever all-in-one clue that describes a continent which contains the Eastern part of Russia – the A from the clue is followed by [Rus]SIA without its Western part
6d Creative type at home opening circular letter? Right (8)
A two-letter word meaning at home followed by an opening or aperture, the circular letter and R(ight)
12d Did Ma’s child cope when mistreated? (12)
An anagram (when mistreated) of MA’S CHILD COPE
16d Person showing favouritism as trophy is in bag (8)
A colloquial word for aa trophy or cup and IS inside a bag or catch
17d Sweet, like some sugar that woman’s put in (8)
An adjective meaning shaped like some sugar of the kind usually provided in restaurants around the pronoun meaning “that woman”
22d Provider of drink in empty beer jug (6)
This provider of alcoholic drink is derived from B[ee]R without its inner letters (empty) followed by Crosswordland’s favourite jug
25d Heard greeting moment of success (4)
This two-letter greeting sounds like a moment of success
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