Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2794 (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 Change into suit (6)
Two definitions – to change or grow into and to look good on or suit
4a Retract stupid, stupid thing when PM finishes (8)
The reversal (retract) of an adjective meaning stupid followed by an anagram (stupid) of THING gives the time of day when Post Meridiem finishes
10a Revered status of John, George, and Paul, but not Ringo (9)
As far as I know, no-one called Ringo has been afforded this revered status!
13a He put an uncle and three sisters on stage (7)
Not terribly cryptic, just as long as you know the answer! – the surname of the playwright who wrote Uncle Vanya and The Three Sisters – I’ve seen both, the former at the National Theatre (1992) with Sir Ian McKellen and the latter at Queen’s Theatre (1991) with Vanessa (Olga), Lynn (Masha) and Jemma (Irina) Redgrave
23a Put in grave situation, I am not there for ever (7)
A verb meaning to put into a grave followed by the shortened version of I am
26a Consecrate as bishop? Not so (5)
B(ishop) followed by an adverb meaning not so much
28a Influence is held by established kind of writer (8)
A three-letter word meaning influence or authority and IS inside (held by) EST(ablished)
29a Judge can rule if that is correct, initially (6)
The initial letters of six words in the clue
1d Fish, netting strange eels? Wrong, as a matter of fact (8)
A fish, that we have seen very recently, around (netting) an anagram (strange) of EELS
2d Opener for can with more in? It’s full of beans (7)
The initial letter (opener) of C[an] followed by an adjective meaning more in or more fashionable gives an adjective meaning full of beans or bright-eyed and bushy-tailed
3d I had the impression it contributes to theme, though tangentially (9)
Here’s one that’s hidden in plain sight, especially for Kath
6d Magnificent, like Basie or Ellington? (5)
Why do Americans like to adopt these titles? Count and Duke respectively in this case
8d Number of centuries needed for MCC? 4, perhaps (6)
Two cryptic definitions – the number of centuries in the number that is represented in Roman numerals by MCC and the time of day that is also known as 4 Across
16d Medication in second sequence of deliveries — excess that’s spread around (9)
Some medication of the kind that is swallowed inside S(econd) and a sequence of deliveries in, wait for it, cricket
19d Fitting quality of a point, shortly followed by another (7)
The A from the clue, P(oin)T and a point or headland
24d Dangerous state in East — heavens above (5)
The abbreviation for a state in the East of the US followed by the heavens above
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