Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2797 (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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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 Resident, before long, admitting hard worker, say (10)
A phrase meaning “before long” (2,1,3) around (admitting) H(ard) and followed by a six-legged worker
9a Conservative is alone backing powerful organisations (7)
C(onservative) followed by the reversal (backing) of IS and a word meaning alone
12a In essence, provide resources for article, using brain (13)
A verb meaning to provide resources for, followed by the indefinite article and an adjective meaning using the brain
14a Are joining Society that’s nicer to fellows? (6)
A verb meaning are or is alive preceded by S(ociety)
15a Achieve without expert’s approval? Just the opposite (8)
A verb meaning to achieve or attain around (without) a three-letter abbreviated word for an expert gives a word meaning the opposite of approval
17a Doing very little to improve one’s health? (4,4)
A treatment consisting of inactivity and quiet
22a Visual aids placed just in front of pupils (7,6)
… these pupils are not students but parts of the visual organs
24a Provide backing for track about pair holding hands (7)
A track or trail around a pair holding hands in the game of bridge
27a It’s hot in a fire, then — possibly as indicated by this? (10)
Put H(ot) inside an anagram (possibly) of A FIRE THEN
1d It’s more of a hand than a foot (4)
This is 25% of a hand or 8.33% of a foot
2d Prince provided a cross for Northern town (7)
Shakespeare’s prince followed by a two-letter word meaning provided, the A from the clue and the lcross-shaped letter
4d Island in East that is oddly lacking in colour (6)
The odd letters of two words in the clue followed by an adjective meaning lacking in colour – hands up all those who thought that “oddly lacking” meant to use the even letters!
5d Anaesthetised English left-winger came to (8)
An adjective meaning anaesthetised followed by E(nglish) and a left-winger gives a word meaning came to or totalled
7d Low mark in French I called wrong (7)
Simple if you correctly split the definition from the wordplay – an anagram (wrong) of I CALLED
8d American bowler’s to take on cricket team here (10)
The American name for a bowler hat followed by the S from ‘S and a verb meaning to take on or employ gives the name of somewhere which has a cricket team
16d Key ceremony and broadcast raised standards (8)
A musical key followed by a ceremony and the reversal (raised in a down clue) of a verb meaning to broadcast
18d Event seen in evening paper saddened (7)
The name of a daily newspaper followed by an adjective meaning saddened or unhappy
23d Without a break, attend strike (4)
Start with a phrasal verb meaning to attend (2,2) and remove the break between the two words
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