Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2791 (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 In line with law introduced by one legislator? Not in so many words (8)
An adjective meaning in line with law preceded (introduced) by I (one) and a elected legislator
13a Part of test on wife showing pounds gained, say (8)
Part of a cricket test match preceded by W(ife) – these pounds are sterling not avoirdupois
16a Queen bee improperly ordered drink (4)
The Latin abbreviation for Queen and BEE swapped round (improperly ordered)
21a Make catalogue that’s shorter and lacking oomph (8)
Split as (4,4) this could mean to produce a catalogue with fewer entries
23a Encouraging holding copies back — that’s mean (12)
A verb meaning encouraging or exhilarating around (holding) the reversal (back) of a verb meaning copies – although Chambers has the enumeration as (12) other dictionaries give (6-6)
26a Something on computer screen the writer scans (4)
Split as (1,3) this is equivalent of the writer/setter scans in the first person
27a Asian queen cutting plant or flower (8)
Put an Asian queen (4) inside (cutting) a plant to get a flower
28a Taken by surprise, began pulling in line (8)
A verb meaning began around (pulling in) L(ine)
2d A nightly appearance, but not by star (8)
A cryptic definition of the nightly appearance of a heavenly body that is not a star
3d Thames landmark, from vantage point on vessel author’s on (6,6)
The vantage point from which the captain controls a vessel preceded by (is on) an American author
4d Caught bird — chicken? (6)
C(aught) FOLLOWED BY a bird gives an adjective meaning chicken or cowardly
12d Performer who’s bound to start act, but not to finish it (12)
A cryptic definition of a performer, like Harry Houdini, who starts his act being bound or tied up but becomes free by the end
14d Capital, we hear, doubled for solitary individual (5)
Two separate words (doubled) which sound the same (we hear) as this Asian capital city are an adjective meaning solitary and an individual
16d Old composer heard, then modern one, in arrangement of bars for singer (8)
Split this as (4,4) and the first part sounds like an old English composer and the second part is an American composer (although to some of us that designation is debatable!) – put them together to get a framework made of bars into which a “singer” can be incarcerated, although quite why one would want to do that is beyond me
19d Its majority shareholder can ask for anything, supposedly (8)
I loved this one and don’t want to spoil that penny-drop moment (so please don’t give additional help in the comments) – just think of something that invariably splits into two unequal “shares”
25d Penniless receivers of money handed over as charity (4)
Drop (less) P(enny) from parts of the body that could act as receivers of, for example, money
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