Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2782 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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Have a go at this month’s Prize Puzzle – it’s a lot of fun!
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.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow:
1a Gripping quality of story as unusual western is shown (14)
An anagram (unusual) of WESTERN IS SHOWN
10a Radius sorted out — and altered circular construction (7)
R(adius) followed by an anagram (sorted) of OUT and an anagram (altered) of AND
11a For Chelsea or Villa, it’s a goal (3)
… where is the A in ChelseA or VillA?
12a Badly handled account of salesman in minutes I classified (11)
This verb meaning badly handled an account or story is derived by putting a three-letter salesman inside M(inutes), I and a verb meaning classified or arranged
19a Scoundrel in no difficulty, shielded by fellow criminal, ultimately (6)
A word meaning no difficulty or effortlessness inside the final letters (ultimately) of two words in the clue
22a Provide food and support for future monarch, perhaps (11)
A charade of a verb meaning to provide food and a support gives a future monarch butterfly!
24a Excel in speed, not in power? Excellent (7)
A word meaning not in followed by P(ower) and an adjective meaning excellent
27a The hopeless MP I upset is diabolical character (14)
An anagram (upset) of THE HOPELESS MP I
1d New university explicit about player making a pile (7,7)
A charade of N(ew), U(niversity) an adjective meaning explicit, a two-letter word meaning about and a theatrical player
6d What separates court opponents is clear (3)
Two definitions – what separates opponents on the tennis court and clear of all deductions
8d VIP in Rome is rude, in a way, giving major directions (8,6)
A VIP in the Vatican followed by a verb meaning makes a gesture that is often interpreted as being rude
13d Old and active bishop organised church that stands for peace (5,6)
A charade of O)ld), an adjective meaning active, B(ishop), a three-letter verb meaning organised and CH(urch)
18d Name being incomplete on article from France (7)
This verb meaning to name comes from a being or existence without its final letter (incomplete) followed by the French definite article
20d Understood poorly about male workplace that can produce deal (7)
A three-letter verb meaning understood or got and an adjective meaning poorly around M(ale)
25d It’s used for flooring, since hard (3)
A two-letter word meaning since followed by H(ard)
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