Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2787 (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 Succeeding by chance after taking pawn in game (6)
An adjective meaning succeeding by chance or fortunate preceded by P(awn) gives an adjective meaning game or brave
10a Worthless paintings returned before retiring (6)
The reversal (returned) of some paintings is followed by an adjective meaning retiring or timid
12a The writer’s in earnest about time creating a puzzle (10)
A two-letter possessive pronoun meaning the writer’s (belong to the setter) followed by an adjective meaning in earnest or sincere around T(ime) gives an adjective meaning creating a puzzle or enigmatic
13a Returned no work — emphasised it’s needed for final course (12)
NO, a two-letter musical work and a verb meaning emphasised all reversed (returned) gives something that’s needed for the final course of a meal
16a Fast form of transport put in front of coach (7,5)
A verb meaning to put or articulate followed by a verb meaning to coach
21a Captured, as well, chess piece — that cannot be (4)
A three-letter word meaning as well followed by a chess piece (the only one that cannot be captured!)
22a Everything person possesses is English, say (6)
E(nglish) followed by a verb meaning to say or declare
23a Lives in area, making living (8)
A two-letter verb meaning lives inside an area or stretch gives an adjective meaning living or having reality
25a Protect as beginner at wheel did some throwing outside (6)
The type of plate displayed by a new driver (beginner at wheel) inside a verb meaning did some throwing, perhaps at the fairground
1d Wind instrument as needed in each section, initially, piano coming in at various points (3-5)
Start with the initial letters of five words in the clue then insert P(iano) at various points (it’s easy to work out how many: (3 + 5) – 5 = 3)
3d Making his mark, perhaps, in disputed region of Asia (7)
An anagram (perhaps) of HIS MARK
5d With odd omissions, parroted Italian author’s old style (3,4)
Drop the odd letters (with odd omissions) from [p]A[r]R[o]T[e]D and then add the surname of the Italian author of The Name of the Rose
7d Person navigating Jumbo miles in error about a height (6)
This jumbo is a real elephant, not a jet airliner!
9d Take apart, since concealed by mask (11)
A two-letter word meaning since inside (concealed by) a verb meaning to mask or disguise
14d Act as Lady Macbeth and somehow speak well (9)
An anagram (somehow) of SPEAK WELL
15d Stopped running over broadcast that’s cast aside (8)
A verb meaning stopped running, as in the engine stopped running) around a verb meaning broadcast some seeds
19d Gland is not brought up before end of medical (6)
The reversal (brought up in a down clue) of IS NOT is followed by the final letter (end) of [medica]L
21d It’s covered by not just any old tax (5)
The IT from the clue inside the definite article (not just any)
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