Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2795 (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 Bring back limit in salary for head office in Rome (6)
The reversal of a three-letter limit inside a salary
4a Have meal without a starter? (6)
A verb meaning to have a particular meal around (without) the A from the clue
10a Some Californian citizens with little time for expression of grief (6)
Some citizens from a Californian city (2,3) followed by T(ime)
13a In contract, spot right changes in position for rugby, notably (7,5)
Start with CONTRACT SPOT and change the position of the R(ight)
16a From other side of the world, area is as natural as it could be (12)
An anagram (as it could be) of A(rea) IS AS NATURAL
20a Telling about drug, very enlightening experience (10)
A telling of a story around the usual single-letter drug and V(ery)
22a Where to get drinks in sweltering island capital (6)
A place where drinks may be purchased inside a three-letter adjective meaning sweltering
24a Questioning how prince can succeed (6)
Very simple and clever – split the answer as (2,4) to get how a prince can succeed
25a Showing effects of fever, say — wet, in a way (6)
An anagram (in a way) of SAY WET
1d A poorly organised end of term in which children don’t work (8)
An anagram (organised) of A POORLY followed by the final letter (end) of [ter]M
3d Fellow-surgeon, perhaps, providing description of light work in theatre (7)
Split as (2-5) this could be a fellow surgeon
5d Brisk movement from everyone, therefore, after change of heart (7)
A three-letter word meaning everyone followed by the Latin word for therefore with its middle letters reversed (after change of heart)
7d Deal with line in letters that he has (6)
Put L(ine) inside the letters that make up HE (1,3,1)
14d Characteristic energy and sudden movement upset saintly author (9)
E(nergy) and a sudden movement reversed (upset) followed by a saintly author of a book in the bible
17d From southern region, an ancient Greek (7)
S(outhern) followed by a region or sector and the AN from the clue
19d Cover for head in meetings about education (6)
The plural of a Latin word for a meeting around ED(ucation)
21d Country held by Afghan army (5)
Hidden (held by) inside the clue
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