Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2785 (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:
7a Gun show flier rewritten (3,5)
A verb meaning to show or display followed by an anagram (rewritten) of FLIER
10a Counsel daughter being securely held? (6)
This D(aughter) is securely held inside the rest of the answer, when split (1,4)
12a Undertaking to repay money prior to improperly seizing ship (10,4)
An anagram (improperly) of MONEY PRIOR TO around (seizing) Crosswordland’s usual ship
17a Golf club taking women’s side (5)
W(omen) followed by a side or border
19a It’s used in leaving a terminal (4)
A cryptic definition of the point of exit from an airport terminal that is hidden in the clue [thanks Oli et al}
20a Unsophisticated types state change covering you and me (7,7)
A state or realm followed by some small change or money around (covering) the objective pronoun that means you and me
23a Asian symbol unknown in work of Kipling (8)
A circular figure representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism followed by a mathematical unknown
28a Crime fatal for victim that’s not common (8)
A cryptic definition of the crime of murdering someone who is not a commoner
1d Some musicians take course that’s not straightforward? Doesn’t sound like it (4)
These two definitions are homographs of each other – words that are spelt the same but not pronounced the same
5d Way to claim territory, perhaps, for a lark (8)
A way in which, for example, a lark lays claim to its territory
8d Woodcutter‘s anxiety understood (7)
Anxiety or worry followed by a verb meaning understood or got
13d Was angry about English rugby players being presented in new way (10)
A verb meaning was angry around E(nglish) and the word used to describe the forwards in a rugby team
14d How French chap has notes distributed, not in the usual way (5)
What do you notice about the distribution of the notes of the diatonic scale in FrEnCh ChAp?
16d Part of instrument found in well-built part of theatre (8)
An adjective meaning well-built or robust followed by a part of a theatre from which the action on stage can be watched
18d With sweetheart, running? (7)
A cryptic definition of running away, perhaps to Gretna Green, with one’s sweetheart which can be derived from the middle letter (heart) of [sw]E[et] followed by a verb meaning running [thanks RD]
26d Chapter and verse for what’s character-changing? (4)
C(hapter) followed by a verse or poem
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