Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2774 (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 Ostentatiously display fraternal love, initially, in front of relative (6)
The initial letters of two words in the clue followed by a female relative
10a Revolutionary movement in West he introduced to political bloc (9)
W(est) and HE inside a political bloc
12a Object set in long piece of jewellery (7)
An object or aim inside a verb meaning to long
13a Portion husband consumed in abstracted state (7)
H(usband) inside (consumed) a dazed or abstracted state
14a Neck or lip, or nearby part of head (5)
Three definitions, the first two being neck or lip in the sense of impertinence and the last one being a part of the head near both the neck and the lip
18a Strict disciplinarian putting soldier outside time and time again (8)
Put a soldier serving on board ship around T(ime) and follow him with T(ime) again
25a Original clue in paper put back as centrepiece? (7)
An anagram (original – not one of my favourite anagram indicators, especially when the rearranged letters do not form a word in themselves) of CLUE inside the reversal of a tabloid newspaper
27a Taking offence about article liable to be shocking? On the contrary (9)
A verb meaning taking offence around the indefinite article gives an adjective meaning covered in a way that should prevent electric shocks (liable to be shocking – on the contrary)
29a Like a mule held by lengthy bridle (6)
Hidden (held by) inside the clue
1d Cosmetic treatment from female expert on the cards (4,4)
F(emale) and an expert followed by a set of playing cards
3d Course that’s what expanding company seeks (9)
This horse-racing course, when split (3,6) could be what an expanding company seeks
5d The writer will repeat point that’s not a problem for reader (14)
The writer will (1’2) followed by a verb meaning to repeat and a point or headland gives a condition that’s not a problem for someone who can read
6d Note bullets set up for part of list, invariably (5)
A musical note followed by the reversal (set up in a down clue) of some bullets gives something often used to separate items in a list which is also cunningly hidden between the last two words in the clue
9d Nostalgic chap mailed a catalogue, including old boys in it (14)
A verb meaning mailed or posted, the A from the clue and a catalogue around some grown-up boys, themselves inside IT
16d Within the neighbourhood, housing foreign fighter in sensible fashion (9)
An adverb meaning within the neighbourhood around (housing) a US (foreign) fighter
19d Before PM starts, a vitality that’s remarkable (7)
The period before PM starts, the A from the clue and some vitality – in the words of Craig Revel Horwood!
24d Like legal action, start off really bad (5)
Start with an adjective meaning like legal action and drop its initial letter (start off)
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