Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2783 (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 As a precaution, how one should be when judging suit? (4,2,4)
This could be how a judge should behave in a law suit
6a Absorbing nothing, learners lie and take it easy (4)
Usually the plural indicates a pair of L(earner)s, this time it’s three! – just insert (absorbing) O (nothing) to get a verb meaning to lie and take it easy
12a Sign worker, provided with European position (13)
A worker followed by a two-letter conjunction meaning provided, E(uropean) and one’s position in life
17a Work of a kind that’s causing suffering over time (8)
A verb meaning causing suffering around T(ime)
19a Tolerate English poet (6)
A verb meaning to tolerate followed by E(nglish)
Many years ago I visited The Pink & Lily in Parslows Hillock, near Lacey Green, of which this poet wrote:
Never came there to the Pink
Two such men as we, I think.
Never came there to the Lily
Two men quite so richly silly
22a Aboard warship, make speech about ruckus being undisciplined (13)
A phrase meaning aboard a type of warship (2,3) followed by a verb meaning to make a speech around a ruckus to get an adjective meaning undisciplined
24a Half-hearted action about a study that’s leading nowhere (4,3)
Start with a four-letter action, drop either of the middle letters (half-hearted) and put what remains around the A from the clue and a study
25a Without skill, in particular (7)
Split as (3,4) this could mean without skill
27a Take point from game that’s raised by defenders (10)
A football match in which each side takes a point followed by a card game
1d Something for raising flag on board for sailor (4)
Three separate definitions – something for raising a car in order to change a wheel, the type of flag, usually indicating nationality, flown by a ship and a colloquial word for a sailor
3d Without doubt, fashionable artist’s embracing Tate? Not half (13)
The usual two-letter word meaning fashionable followed by the surname of a famous artist around [TA]TE after dropping (not) the first half – some of this artist’s work can be found in Tate Britain!
5d Settles on king wearing fur (8)
A verb meaning settles, as in settles a deal, followed by K(ing) and a two-letter word meaning wearing an item of clothing
13d It shows what’s in store for outsiders (4,6)
Where a store might display some of its wares to passers-by
16d Uninvited visitor at home ultimately left, showing less politeness (8)
The usual two-letter word meaning at home followed by the final letter (ultimately) of [lef]T and an adjective meaning showing less politeness
20d Offer too much for centre of proverbial 24? (7)
The middle 6 letters (centre) of [pr]OVERBI[al] followed by the letter cryptically defined by the answer to 24 Across – coincidentally this is the middle letter of 24 Across, but if that was the intended wordplay then the clue would have read “centres of proverbial 24”
21d Fan requiring immediate success for team (6)
Split as (3,3) this would be an appeal to a team to that they should achieve immediate success
23d Old instrument from Early Renaissance (4)
Hidden (from) inside the clue
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