Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2790 (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 Female improperly cut this film on traitor (5,9)
F(emale) followed by an anagram (improperly) of CUT THIS FILM ON
9a Armed vessel in sound you observe carefully in attack (7)
The letter that sounds like you and the two-letter abbreviation for an instruction to observe carefully inside a phrasal verb meaning to attack (2,2)
11a Calm characters often found in Greece and Crete, we hear (4)
Sounds like (we hear) the characters/letters most often found in the two places given in the clue
12a They warn of danger, if turning over actual weapons (4,6)
The reversal of IF followed by an adjective meaning actual and some weapons
17a Person following Eliot’s first couplet, not great poetry (8)
This person who follows another (and don’t mention an alternate meaning!) is followed by the first two letters (couplet) of EL[iot]
21a Mixture of alpaca, mink, and llama, perhaps (4,6)
An anagram (mixture) of ALPACA MINK
24a Landed on mark that’s clearly visible on stage (7)
A three-letter verb meaning landed or dismounted preceded by a mark
26a Appliance chosen by affluent consumer (8,6)
An adjective meaning chosen for an office or job but not yet in it followed by an adjective meaning affluent and a consumer of food
1d Invention from key people in sudden outbreak (7)
To get this invention or untruth put a musical key and some male people inside a sudden outbreak of, perhaps, laughter
2d Searching around in swimming group that trains young ladies (9,6)
A verb meaning searching or trying to get around IN and followed by a group of swimming creatures
3d Attacking shot bad captain played (4)
Two definitions – an attacking shot in cricket (but not in golf!) and the bad captain in JM Barrie’s famous novel
5d Not expected to succeed at Wimbledon, as not prepared for grass, say (8)
This adjective which applies to a tennis player who is not given a favourable position in the draw, as he is not expected to win, could also describe a patch of land that has yet to have grass planted
7d Doctor cures it, still holding empty comforter for child (8,7)
An anagram (doctor) of CURES IT followed by an adverb meaning still or up till now around an adjective meaning empty or vacant
13d In job, I met all I could, including Al with Mo, for example (10)
This adjective which is hidden (including) inside the clue describes, for example, a pairing of the metals whose chemical symbols are Al and Mo
16d Go-between put up list, same as mentioned earlier (8)
A four-letter list and Latin word meaning “same as mentioned earlier”, all reversed (put up in a down clue)
23d Possibly shocking wickedness shown up (4)
Such a wire could, perhaps, be shocking if touched – reverse (shown up in a down clue) wickedness
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