Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2777 (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 Part of destructive plague in particular place and time (6)
To get this part of a biblical destructive plague a word, from Latin, meaning place is followed by T(ime)
10a Accordingly, like legal practice, or one who works in it (9)
A two-letter word meaning accordingly followed by an adjective meaning a practice that is legal and the OR from the clue
14a Demonstrated, somehow, smooth fabric (5)
Split as (3,2) this could mean took part in a particular kind of demonstration or protest
18a What’s illuminating, naturally, in paper, and easy to pick up (8)
A daily newspaper followed by an adjective meaning easy to pick up
23a Wife in top hat, replacing husband, that runs along bank (7)
Insert W(ife) inside TOP HAT then move (re-placing) the H(usband) to the end
26a Manner of playing piano, say, that’s off pitch (5)
Where the ball goes when kicked off the rugby pitch
27a Gardener’s wife right in front of area for putting kind of shrub (9)
The wife of a couple who resided in a famous garden followed by R(ight) and an area on a golf course used for putting – what a difference pronunciation can make to the interpretation of a verb like putting!
29a Garment for upper body — or lower (6)
Two definitions – the second being an animal that makes a lowing sound
1d Endure letters giving indication it’s time to retire (4,4)
Combine a verb meaning to endure or survive with a word for letters or mail to get this indication that it’s time to retire to bed
2d Raise instrument, held up in court (7)
To get this verb meaning to raise money put the reversal (held up in a down clue) of a stringed instrument inside C(out)T
5d Broadcast if editor kept cool, in a way (3-11)
A three-letter verb meaning to broadcast followed by what “if” represents and ED(itor)
8d Excessive pressure, you said, in outfit (6)
The letter that sounds like (said) you inside an outfit or costume
16d Malingerer might report this, as heard in region of France (9)
Split as (4,5) this sounds like (as heard) what a malingerer might report in order to avoid working
21d As example of 27, it must be removed from city newspapers (7)
To get this example of 27 Across, drop (removed from) “it” from C[it]Y and a generic word for newspapers
22d Perform final act in theatre? It’s painful (6)
This theatre is in a hospital!
24d Very pale, like one that sits and broods (5)
A two-letter word meaning like followed by a bird that sits and broods
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