Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2775 (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 Partners, in period after miraculous birth, filled with wonder (4)
Two bridge partners inside the period since the miraculous birth of Christ
10a Place full at Christmas seen so differently? Not in any way (2,2,5)
The place that, according to legend, was full when Christ was born followed by an anagram (differently) of SEEN SO
13a One thing we hear about temperature? Surprise! (7)
A (one) and something we hear around T(emperature)
16a Deep crisp snow seen on Boxing Day also this? That’s not odd (4)
When King Wenceslas looked out, the snow was deep and crisp and this!
17a Enlighten with star sign around East, position covering Saviour’s origin (10)
Put a star sign around E(ast) then add a three-letter position around the initial letter (origin) of S(aviour)
23a Queen may be taking part in this, so watch broadcast (3,4)
This queen is not royalty but a feline! – an anagram (broadcast) of SO WATCH
25a Two couples extracted from snow freeze — reason for blessing (6)
Drop (extracted) two couples, i.e. four letters, from SN[ow][fr]EEZE
30a Christmas scene? Sons wrapping present, piece of clothing (9)
S(on) and S(on) around (wrapping) a three-letter word meaning the present followed by a piece of clothing
31a Compose or correct, so to speak, something like mass (4)
Sounds like a verb meaning to compose an essay or to correct or rectify
2d Succeed with efforts over gift, finally — most like the present (9)
A three-letter verb meaning to succeed or be victorious followed by some efforts or attempts and the final letter of [gif]T
3d Fast runner, member of team in action at Christmas (6)
This fast runner is one of Santa’s reindeer
6d Secure a child inside, specifically for Christmas period, say (8)
A verb meaning to secure around the A from the clue and a male child
7d Function set up one arranged in cinema (5)
The reversal of a function or party followed by an anagram (arranged) of ONE
8d Celebrity‘s sign at Christmas, appropriately placed (4)
The sign on the door of a celebrity, the celebrity or a zodiac sign – placed appropriately above 15 down
14d Drink in a company, with boy restrained by father (4,6)
IN, the A from the clue and CO(mpany) and a boy inside a two-letter word for a father
19d Mostly engage with wise men in teachings (8)
Most of a verb meaning to engage or interlock followed by some wise men
27d Consequently turned up as character in ‘Puss in Boots’ (4)
A Latin word meaning consequently or therefor is reversed (turned up in a down clue)
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