Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2773 (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:
7a Release articles in French about hostile takeover (8)
The indefinite and the definite French articles around a hostile takeover
11a Criminal behaviour from musicians I hear (8)
A charade of a group of musicians, the I from the clue and a verb meaning to hear a case in court
12a Cheating in first of down clues — so boring must be changed (6-8)
An anagram (must be changed) of the initial letter (first) of D[own] with CLUES SO BORING
15a Piece of reading material that’s found on plane, for example (4)
This could be found on, for example, a plane tree
19a Catch leader of pirates (4)
20a Cherished quality about one child, initially, showing early development (14)
A cherished quality around the initial letters of O[ne] C[hild]
27a Set eyes on, now and then, playground equipment (6)
The present and past tenses of a verb meaning to set eyes on
28a Militant has view restricted after start of play (8)
Most of (restricted) a view or scene after the first part (start) of a play (3,1)
1d Data belonging to part of UK turned up (4)
A two-letter word meaning belonging to and the abbreviation for a part of the UK, all reversed (turned up)
3d Basil, for example, in Sybil’s heart? (4)
Split as (3,1) this could describe what is at the centre (heart) of SyBil
6d Showing how old we are in company, you and me — that’s brave (10)
A phrase that shows how old we are (3,3) inside CO(mpany) and a pronoun meaning you and me
8d French scientist‘s gone over street there, heading North (7)
An adjective meaning gone followed by (over in a down clue) the reversal (heading North in a down clue) of the French for street
16d Best at running exam — left in charge over it (8)
An exam preceded by (over it in a down clue) L(eft) inside a charge firs
18d Garment repeatedly found in knitting patterns (7)
Although I have seen variations on this before, it still makes me smile! – what can be found in both (repeatedly) kniTTing and paTTerns (6,1)
22d Person from that place not knowing about end of conflict (6)
An adjective meaning not knowing or immature around the final letter (end) of [conflict]T
26d Not easy without drink consumed? That’s curious (4)
Drop (consumed) the drink from the middle of the first two words in the clue
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