Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2779 (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 Perform vocally in angry speech, having a quarrel (8,6)
A verb meaning to perform vocally inside angry speech (5,5)
10a Bunk made from European wood (two sorts) (7)
Bunk or nonsense comes from a charade of E(uropean) and two sorts of wood
12a Solution for someone with bit between their teeth? (6,5)
… use this to dislodge it!
17a Samuel’s teacher summoned and brought out (8)
The priest who acted as a teacher to the prophet Samuel followed by a verb meaning summoned or named
22a For example, test maiden and a powerful male forming a relationship (11)
A test is an example of this type of cricket game – follow it with M(aiden), the A from the clue and a powerful male
23a Either cold meat or fish, mostly, for tea (3)
Most of C(old) followed by some meat or, alternatively, most of a type of fish
26a Used a perch I consumed to fill up (7)
A verb meaning used a perch followed by I and a verb meaning consumed
27a Rival of Aer Lingus that could make Irish a bit wary, heading south (7,7)
An anagram (could make) of IRISH A BIT WARY followed by S(outh) as a heading / bearing
1d Have buyer’s remorse, say, getting money back on wrong denims (6,4,4)
The money you get back after tendering a larger amount when paying for something followed by ON and an anagram (wrong) of DENIMS
2d Set up company on time, and work for influential organisation (7)
The reversal (set up in a down clue) of CO(mpany) followed by T(ime) and a musical work gives an organization with widespread influence
3d Unfriendly resistance put up by school? (11)
Split as (5,2,4) this could be the resistance or defiance put up by a school or shoal
4d Making an observation – husband’s not in love (6)
Simply drop the H(usband) from a word meaning love or zero
6d Product of mine often found in foreign stores – for euros, moreover (3)
A signature Virgilius clue – this product produced from a mine is hidden inside the clue not once, not twice, not even three times
8d Piece of furniture and part of trunk belonging to some artists (5,2,7)
Part of the trunk or torso that could below to some artists or sketchers
18d Result of counting from one to e.g. ten, perhaps? Right (7)
I (one) followed by an anagram (perhaps) of E.G. TEN and finally R(ight)
20d With perfect exactness, including copy with a piece of music (7)
A phrase meaning with perfect exactness (2,1,1) around an indication that the message is a copy of one sent to someone else and followed by the A from the clue
25d Capsized sailor that gets out of stricken vessel (3)
The reversal (capsized) of a sailor gives the creature that is noted for abandoning a stricken vessel
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