Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2789 (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 Coward, for example, awfully wary in tricky situation (10)
An example of this profession is Mr Coward, whose necessary capitalisation is disguised by being positioned as the first word in the clue – an anagram (awfully) of WARY inside a tricky situation
9a Taxing a couple in middle of rural America (7)
The A from the clue then a couple inside the middle leter of ru[R]al and the two-letter abbreviation for America
10a Imagine leading when in second place (7)
A two-letter word meaning leading between S(econd) and a verb meaning to place someone in order that they can be photographed or painted
12a Wise men in a row, holding trial, initially, in appropriate way (13)
The biblical wise men followed by an adverb meaning in a row around the initial letter of T[rial]
17a Before fight, gym equipment’s put in trailer (8)
Read this clue as “before fight gym equipment is put” – a three-letter verb meaning to fight is preceded by some equipment often found in the gym
19a Come to pass, maybe, in the Yorkshire Dales (6)
A northern English (in the Yorkshire Dales) dialect word meaning maybe or possibly
24a Female from part of US or USSR formerly (7)
This girl’s name is a US state and a country that was formerly part of the USSR
25a Following error, produce something really frightful (7)
An error, typically one on a computer program, followed by a verb meaning to produce or give birth to
27a Lots of heavenly bodies, something Hollywood relied on (4,6)
1d Alternative to apple for Adam and Eve, say (4)
This fruit, which is similar to the apple, sounds like (say) a word that could describe Adam and Eve
2d Trouble about British workers forming corporation (7)
A three-letter word meaning trouble around B(ritish) followed by some workers gives a word for which corporation is a lesser used alternative
3d Wagner’s beginning with his masterpiece about old Russian woman dreaming (4-9)
The initial letter (beginning) of W[anger] and the two-word title of his best-known work around O(ld) and a Russian woman’s name
8d Heaney rhymes very little (5-5)
Combine two words which rhyme with Heaney
11d Capital removed from country, betting on pound and yen with great care (13)
Drop the initial letter (capital) from a European country and add a verb meaning betting or wagering, the abbreviations for the pound sterling and Y(en)
13d Correct perspective that’s formed by 1 Across and Down (5,5)
The answers to the given clues form this shape
16d County players collectively disheartened (8)
A county in Northern Ireland followed by players or actors collectively
20d Paint some farm workers put on front of tractor (7)
Some farm workers who look after a particular kind of livestock followed by the initial letter (front) of T[ractor]
23d Edge from side of bat followed by another (4)
The initial letter (side) of B[at] followed by another word for side (or edge!)
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