Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2786 (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 Instructional text used in preparation of course (6)
This instructional text is used in the preparation of a course of a meal
4a Off-putting statement from me as pagan (8)
Split as (1,2,5) this is a statement that the compiler could make when putting off an action until tomorrow
11a Runs into singer and part of orchestra (5)
Put R(uns) inside a deep-voiced singer
13a Article penned by humorous author for kid, say (7)
The definite article inside (penned by) a writer of humorous verse
15a Make a contribution with good setting up (8)
A phrasal verb meaning to make a contribution (5,2) followed by G(ood)
23a I belong with new organisation in base (7)
An anagram (with new organisation) of I BELONG
25a Being portrayed as smart about use of computers (7)
A verb meaning to smart or suffer pain around the two-letter abbreviation for the use of computers
28a After partner’s heart, play this (8)
This allusion to a game of bridge appears to be simply a cryptic definition of a tune played to win over a prospective partner
29a Didn’t go steady, being fickle (6)
An anagram (being fickle) of STEADY
1d Rocky situation faced, so to speak, by four presidents? (8)
A cryptic definition of a famous US landmark
3d King on one vessel captured by noble warship (9)
The Latin abbreviation for king followed by I (one) and a large vessel or tank, all inside a member of the nobility
5d Removing forces from a revolt after limited changes (14)
The A from the clue and a revolt preceded by an anagram (changes) of LIMITED
9d Objected about perhaps changing drug taken the wrong way (14)
A verb meaning objected or took offence around an anagram (changing) of PERHAPS and the usual single-letter drug
16d Male with cunning thought sincere (9)
The male pronoun followed by a three-letter word meaning cunning or craftiness and a verb meaning thought or was aware of
21d Leaders leaving bar aid city that’s showing effect of drought (7)
One of Virgilius’s trademarks – drop the initial letters (leaders) from three words in the clue
22d Flower-girl turned up with American star (6)
The reversal () of a flower that is also a girl’s name is followed by the two-letter abbreviation for American
24d Staff don’t make declaration (5)
Split as (3,2) this is a cricketing term describing what happens when one side doesn’t declare their innings closed
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