Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2781 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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It was great to meet so many of you at yesterday’s 6th Birthday celebration. I was pleased to see so many new faces – please come again to our next event. The biggest surprise of all was the appearance of Jean-Luc Cheval, who flew in from the South of France especially to be with us. I missed the significance of his Friday comment “Only BD with his super IP address finder will be able to locate me.” – he was in Covent Garden at the time, although the “super IP address finder” said he was in Birmingham! By the way, the macaroons were superb, as everyone who tasted them will confirm.
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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 Government, in disarray, isn’t being held in high regard (14)
An anagram (in disarray) of ISN’T inside some high regard or respect
10a Consult part of manual, say, for problem with tank (7)
A three-letter verb meaning to consult, perhaps, a doctor followed by part of a manual or book
12a Notice fair-minded people with little time producing change (10)
A two-letter notice followed by an adjective meaning fair-minded, some male people and the abbreviation (little) for T(ime)
15a Set off in vessel heading east after opening scenes (8)
A three-letter vessel or container followed by the heading E(ast) and preceded by the group of scenes that form the opening of a play (3,1) – heading east in an across clue usually indicates a reversal, but not here!
17a A Conservative supporter accepts workers’ organisation, in fact (8)
The A from the clue, C(onservative) and a supporter or helper around the usual workers’ organisation
21a Endless difficulty framing suitable answer that’s useful (10)
Start with a seven-letter difficulty, drop the final letter (endless) and then place what’s left around an adjective meaning suitable and A(nswer)
22a Asian leader in past hiding yen in part of Ireland (4)
The name of a the former (in the past) leader of an Asian country around (hiding) Y(en)
26a Standard variety of green trade for this kind of farmer (6,8)
A standard or criterion followed by an anagram (variety) of GREEN TRADE
1d Advent calendar finally included by a competitor (7)
The final letter of [calenda]R inside the A from the clue and a competitor
2d Does extra work on a tuneful arrangement, initially — work for pianists (9,6)
A verb meaning does extra work outside one’s normal working hours followed by ON A and the initial letters of T[uneful] A[rrangement]
4d With thoroughfare restricted, go on horseback or walk (6)
The abbreviation (restricted) for a type of thoroughfare followed by a verb meaning to go on horseback
6d Mad Hatter I mostly describe as overdramatic (10)
An anagram (mad) of HATTER I followed by a verb meaning to describe or designate without its final letter (mostly)
8d One insect or another let out (6)
A three-letter insect followed by an anagram (out) of LET
17d Native growing up in mountainous area, possibly Nepali (6)
This plant which grows up in a mountainous area is an anagram (possibly) of NEPALI
20d A request received by US city or state (6)
The A from the clue is followed by a verb meaning to request inside the abbreviation for a US city gives a US state
23d Musicians not allowed in audition (4)
Sounds like a word meaning not allowed or prohibited
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