Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2780 (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 Do some home improvement — add bar? (10)
This could mean to add a bar to a previously awarded medal
6a Long, narrow point or points turned round (4)
To get this long narrow point of land running into the sea simply revers () some points on the end of sharp objects
9a Bone in rump, centre thereof (7)
The rump of hind part followed by the middle letters (centre) of [r]UM[p] (thereof means of the thing just mentioned, i.e. rump)
10a It’s said to eliminate noise, say, in camera component (7)
A two-letter exhortation to keep quiet followed by a verb meaning to say or state
17a Material for violins, etc revolted conductor (8)
A verb meaning revolted or rebelled followed by the surname of the famous conductor who founded the annual Promenade Concerts at the Albert Hall
19a Like animals or birds, but not necessarily fish (6)
… because fish can also be singular!
24a A powerful explosive article about US city, initially, or another (7)
Put the A from the clue, a powerful explosive and the indefinite article around the two-letter abbreviation for a US city to get a different US city
26a Type choice of endings in this text (4)
Split as (1,2,1) this could indicate a choice of endings in [thi]S [tex]T
27a I’d pulled back, protected by natural tendency? It’s not clear (10)
The reversal (pulled back) of I’D inside (protected by) a natural tendency
1d A little of whatever is known is dangerous thing (4)
Hidden (a little of) inside the clue
3d Moscow’s anger disturbed new politician in Washington? Not he (13)
An anagram (disturbed) of MOSCOW’S ANGER followed by N(ew) gives a female (not he) politician in Washington
4d Lots of people supporting reading or writing old language (6)
A four-letter word foe lots of people preceded by (supporting in a down clue) the letter that represents Reading or wRiting and O(ld)
7d Situation of plant on part of golf course that can be problem when driving (7)
Where you might find (situation of) a plant followed by part of a golf course gives something that can be a problem when driving, not a golf club, but a car
8d It raised sum, we hear, in bank, in irritating way (10)
The reversal (raised) of IT followed by a word that sounds like (we hear) sum inside a verb meaning to bank or depend
11d Stupid group of workers, none the less, report information in it (13)
An organised group of workers without the O (none the less) followed by a verb meaning to report and some information inside IT
13d Show lasting effects of accidents in fast vehicles (6,4)
A verb meaning to show or display followed by the lasting effects of accidents or injuries
20d Managed game in East, supported by Asian city (7)
A three-letter verb meaning managed followed by a game that is popular in the East and a preposition meaning “supported by”
23d Start of scene in plane — it’s not serious, so to speak (4)
The initial letter (start) of S[cene] inside a type of aeroplane
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|Today it’s Happy Birthday to Alicia Keys (34) and David Ginola (48)|
|… and not forgetting,
Rabbie Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796)
Address to a Haggis
Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
The groaning trencher there ye fill,
His knife see rustic Labour dight,
Then, horn for horn, they stretch an strive:
Is there that owre his French ragout,
Poor devil! see him owre his trash,
But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
Ye Pow’rs, wha mak mankind your care,