Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2792 (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:
7a Granted it’s extremely good? Outstanding (8)
A charade or words meaning extremely good and outstanding or unpaid
10a German prince warning about British (6)
This German prince, who married a British monarch, is derived by putting a warning around B(ritish)
15a Place for eating dog’s breakfast (4)
Two definitions – a place for eating used by military personnel and a dog’s breakfast or poor piece of work
17a Beaten by five or ten in this upset (5)
The position you are in if you are beaten by five others is derived by putting the Roman numeral for ten inside an anagram (upset) of THIS
19a Plant copied down as part of intersecting answer (4)
This plant is hidden in (copied … as part of) an intersecting down answer
23a Supporter in pub rules out screwdriver, say (3,5)
Something to sit on when drinking in a pub comes from a charade of a verb meaning rules out and the type of implement of which a screwdriver is an example (say)
28a Source of information from every quarter found (8)
All four quarters of the compass followed by a verb meaning to found or mould
1d Cause to tumble down hill — that’s cruel (4)
Four definitions – to cause to tumble, to down, for example, a tree, a hill and an adjective meaning cruel
2d Part of motorist’s route that’s shortened by removing tree (6)
Drop the letters of the word TREE from this route to get its abbreviated form
3d Garden party VIP in 50s (4)
Two definitions – a biblical garden and a 50s politician
5d Under pressure, son prepared to perform (8)
S(on) followed by a verb meaning prepared to perform or underwent instruction
13d Conservative and socialist on one board? That’s praiseworthy (10)
C(onservative) followed by a socialist or left-winger, I (one) and a board or worktop
14d Crossed lines in historical enemy fighter (5)
Put a letter formed of crossed or intersecting lines inside the “enemy” against which the British fought two wars between 1880 and 1902
16d Shift to right or left that is seen in some extreme parties, primarily (8)
Put the full Latin expression meaning “that is” inside the initial letters (primarily) of three words in the clue
21d Clubs, sweetheart, in which we can live luxuriously (6)
C(lubs) followed by a sweetheart
26d Call for silence supporting game? I’m amazed! (4)
A two-letter call for silence preceded by (supporting) a board game
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