Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2776 (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 Seek opinion from son on work of art (7)
S(on) preceded by (on in an across clue) a painted work of art
10a Clash produced by lines I encrypted? (7)
Start with a pair of L(ine)s and the I from the clue then find a phrase meaning encrypted (2,4) and follow the instruction
12a Live show’s beginning, actor’s going outside (5)
The initial letter (beginning) of S[how] with an instruction informing an actor that he must leave the stage around it (outside0
13a Member of defeated team — not keeper, proverbially (5)
This person is the weeper, not the keeper, in a well known proverb
17a Cape always covered with plastic, or the other way around (4,5)
C(ape) and a word meaning always inside a brand of plastic credit card
19a Party is breaking old record, moving to the left (5)
The IS from the clue inside the reversal of O(ld) and the type of record that superseded the LP
22a More unusual notes separately stored by educational foundation? (5)
Insert a couple of musical notes separately into the three-letter quasi-abbreviation that represents the basics of education
28a Upper garment worn by male or female in turret? (4,3)
This describes the position of a turret on an armoured vehicle
1d Start of sentence for most serious kind of crime (7)
Two definitions – what you get at the start of a sentence and the type of crime that used to warrant execution as a punishment
2d Book group that includes 1984 (7)
… this book can be found in the Old Testament
6d Information about senior staff in plant (9)
Some information around an adjective meaning senior and followed by a staff
7d First thing Milton and Swift have in common (7)
That’ll be J Milton and J Swift!
8d At length, interrupting Earl and PM in a major way (7)
AT and L(ength) inside the name of a nineteenth century Prime Minister who was also an Earl
14d Step out here after row, being offensive about one part of speech (9)
Somewhere on which to step out after rowing in a boat is derived from an adjective meaning offensive or disgusting around I (one) and a part of speech
17d Half a dozen tricks — they should be kept out of program (7)
The Roman numeral for half a dozen followed by some tricks or deceptions
21d E.g. part of vein exposed, cut, or damaged in operation (7)
An anagram (damaged) of CUT OR inside OP(eration)
24d Contemptuously reject what’s new after incitement (5)
N(ew) after excitement or stimulus
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