Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2796 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.
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Some hints follow:
1a Place for union resistance, say — is effort spoiled by hostility? (8,6)
Get your Lego kit out! – R(esistance) followed by the Latin abbreviation of say / “for example”, IS, an effort or attempt, an adjective meaning spoiled or rancid and hostility or coldness
10a Slippery European capable of shocking, taking us in (7)
E(uropean) followed by the electric wire that is capable of shocking around (taking … in) US
12a French artist upset at clue about evil spirit (6,5)
An anagram (upset) of AT CLUE around an evil spirit – if you thought that the only reason I have given a hint for this one is so that I can provide an illustration then you are right:
14a Lives finally chronicled by British author (6)
This verb meaning lives or resides is derived from the final letter of [chronicle]D and the surname of a British science-fiction author
17a Noble leaves much to be desired? (4,4)
Two definitions – a nobleman who was Prime Minister in the 19th Century and the blend of various fragrant oriental tea leaves, flavoured with bergamot, that was named after him – easy for me as I made a pot of this for breakfast!
24a From old capital I’m returning Japanese art (7)
O(ld) followed by the capital of a Baltic state and the reversal (returning) of I’M
26a Ridicule a person in seat — fool around (7)
To get this verb meaning to ridicule put the A from the clue and a person with a seat in the Houses of Parliament inside a fool or simple-minded person
27a Reconstructed mine, and acted to clear of pollution (14)
An anagram (reconstructed) of MINE AND ACTED TO
1d Is Rev repeatedly disturbed about editor over sacred text? (7,7)
An anagram (disturbed) of IS REV with (repeatedly) IS REV around ED(itor) followed by a two-letter word meaning over or “across the surface of” – I guess that crossword setters will miss the two Eds more than I will!
2d Refuse to put front of BMW under cover (7)
The initial letter (front) of B[MW] inside where it might be kept overnight (under cover / in a ******)
3d It pointedly illuminates English cunning in insult (11)
E(nglish) and an adjective meaning cunning or sly inside an insult or affront
5d Exaggerates more than some females (8)
… these females could be deer
8d Silly female put away her book and showered (7-7)
Lego time again – F(emale) followed by a verb meaning to put away or devour, HER, B(ook) and a verb meaning showered or drizzled
16d Prepare to serve more that’s raw, not initially on menu, for example (2-6)
This verb meaning to prepare to serve more time in the armed forces comes from an adjective meaning raw or inexperienced without its initial letter followed by, for example, a menu
18d Kind of music newspaper issue sent up (7)
A colloquial word for a newspaper followed by the reversal (sent up) of a verb meaning to issue or discharge
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20d Talk informally over wine, producing affinity (7)
A verb meaning to talk informally followed by a fortified wine
25d Trouble and woe, in regular instalments (3)
The odd letters (in regular instalments) of two words in the clue
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