Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2788 (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 An area over which you can see ice contract? Wrong! (9,5)
AN from the clue followed by A(rea) inside an anagram (wrong) of ICE CONTRACT gives an area loosely defined by the whole clue
11a Job, for example, not finished, so express disapproval (3)
This Job is a part of the old testament – just drop the final letter (not finished)
12a Trunk left on board by ship’s officer, containing new gold (11)
The nautical (on board) word for left followed by a ship’s officer around (containing) N(ew) and finally the chemical symbol for gold
15a Old soldier’s back cutting tree, one of small group at top (8)
O(ld) followed by the reversal of a US soldier, the latter being inside a coniferous tree
19a Come forward with this neat clue, ultimately, by young setter (4,2)
The final letters (ultimately) of three words in the clue followed by the young of a setter, or any other dog
23a Pope, Cleopatra and Napoleon have it in common (3)
The name of thirteen Roman Catholic Popes is hidden (have … in common) inside each of two words in the clue
26a National emblem that blows down when it’s windy (7)
This national emblem emits tufted feathery parachutes of seeds (down) when it’s windy
27a The posy this son arranged, showing what plants can do (14)
An anagram (arranged) of THE POSY THIS SON
1d Like a self-sufficient life? (14)
A cryptic definition of being like an account of a person’s life written by that person
2d Took steps of which one’s said to be incapable (7)
This verb meaning took some dance steps requires two people according to an idiomatic expression!
3d Modified opinion about artist is received in shock (11)
One of the usual two-letter words for about then the usual artist and IS inside (received in) a verb meaning to shock
5d Medicinal plant — measure after cold a medic’s provided (8)
A measure of distance preceded by C(old), the A from the clue and a medic
7d A colleague said you are not professional (7)
The A from the clue followed by a colleague and textspeak (said) for you are
8d Nevertheless, odd sects will include expert source for idea (7,7)
A word meaning nevertheless followed by an anagram (odd) of SECTS around (will include) an expert
16d Enclosures for children from song writer, in addition to letter (8)
A three-letter song and a writing implement both inside an addition or afterthought at the end of a letter
25d A short distance behind at sea (3)
The A from the clue followed by the abbreviation for a short distance
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