Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2778 (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 Warning pet’s going across street (6)
A domestic pet around (crossing) the three-letter abbreviation for a type of street
4a Like cruel joke uncovered about bishop (6)
A verb meaning uncovered or exposed around B(ishop)
10a Who, for example, returned fish to river? (6)
The fact that this Who needs to be capitalised is concealed by placing it at the start of the clue! – the reversal of a popular fish is followed by TO and R(iver)
16a In odd part of ship, left in total control (12)
An adjective meaning odd or unusual and a part of a ship used for storage around L(eft)
20a Nothing within American country house is really bad (10)
This American country house is split (5,2,2) – just insert O (nothing to get this adjective meaning really bad
21a Don’t allow boxer’s doctor beside ring (4)
This boxer is a dog not a pugilist! – follow his doctor with a O (ring)
22a Watching sporting event, say, in court (6)
Split as (2,4) this could mean watching a sporting event at Lords
23a Construction in garden that’s excessively large dropped (4,4)
A simple charade of an adverb meaning excessively, L(arge) and a verb meaning dropped
25a Like carrier, off course (6)
A two-letter word meaning like followed by an item used, for example, to carry drinks
1d Issue brought up as rich lend haphazardly (8)
An anagram (haphazardly) of RICH LEND
2d Very popular Slavic name for Russian river (5)
V(ery) followed by a popular Slavic name
3d Subject born in African country? Not I (7)
Put B(orn) inside an African country and then drop the I
7d Casually draw largest part of crow (6)
The largest part, i.e. the six-letter bit, of the crow of a cockerel (4-1-6-3)
14d Do what you need to do in pub with tequila, initially, on the rocks (9)
What you need to do (to complete this puzzle) inside a three-letter word for a pub and followed by the initial letter of T[equila]
15d British flower-girl wrapping article in careless way (8)
B(ritish) and a girl’s name that is also that of a flower around the definite article
19d West put in grave situation in period of freeze? (6)
W(est) followed by a verb meaning to put in a grave
21d Means of saving face used by advisors (5)
Hidden (used by) inside the clue
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