Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2784 (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 Clubs pursuing goal for victory (8)
A charade of C(lubs) and a phrase meaning pursuing a goal (2,5)
10a Something got from parent for boy — or girl, we hear (4)
This a unit of heredity which is transferred from a parent to offspring is also a boy’s name, and sounds like a girl’s name
11a Cautious piano duo (6-6)
A word which describes the musical notation piano is repeated (duo)
13a Cooked very badly, needing something done about it (8)
V(ery) and an adverb meaning badly or not well inside (needing … about it) an action or something that is done
16a Design tool or material for carpenter, mostly (4)
A design is derived from most of a tool that might be used by a carpenter or some material that might be used by a carpenter
20a Ring pulled back and forth (6)
The letter that is shaped like a ring followed by the reversal (back) of a word meaning pulled
27a Messenger carrying extreme letter from tyrant for king’s follower (8)
A messenger around (carrying) the final (extreme) letter of [tyran]T
28a Commanding attention with small spear or missile (8)
S(mall) followed by a spear or a controversial ballistic missile
2d Exaggerate merits of love poetry, two lines (8)
O (love) followed by some poetry and two L(ine)s
3d Expression of uncertainty using odd quotes in religious book (8,4)
An anagram (odd) of QUOTES IN followed by a religious book of the New Testament
6d Express oneself badly as single female covering summit (8)
A single female, as opposed to a married one, followed by (covering in a down clue) a summit
12d Female isn’t passionate about king that’s timid (5-7)
F(emale) followed by a four-letter colloquial word for isn’t and an adjective meaning passionate, the latter around the Latin abbreviation for king
16d Chance of success for religious group seizing power (8)
A prefix meaning for and a religious group around (seizing) P(ower)
17d Overly fussy editor, under pressure, opposed to chapter (8)
ED(itor) preceded by (under in a down clue) P(ressure) and followed by a word meaning opposed to and C(hapter)
22d Speak indistinctly in mass, say (6)
M(ass) followed by a verb meaning to say or articulate
25d Miss no longer hugging a heavenly body (4)
The tile given to a married woman around (hugging) the A from the clue
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