Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2798 (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:
7a Vessel held back in middle of trip for so long (8)
A four-letter vessel reversed (back) inside (held … in) a trip or stumble gives a word meaning so long or goodbye
9a Company at the point of producing voucher (6)
CO(mpany) followed by a word meaning at the point of or on the verge of gives this voucher
11a Authorise priest seizing house in this state (8)
A two-letter word meaning to authorise followed by a Buddhist priest around (seizing) HO(use) gives this US state
12a Common complaint taken on as responsibility not warmly embraced (4-10)
A four-letter common complaint or illness followed by a verb meaning taken on as a responsibility
17a Person wandering, in their right mind? On the contrary (5)
Split as (2,3) this means the opposite of in their right mind
19a Non-U first performance that’s outstanding (4)
Drop the U (non-U) from a first performance to get something that is outstanding or owing
23a Subject to diversion as one’s entering key area (8)
Put I (one) and the S from ‘S inside a musical key and an area of land
28a Keyboard player in trio sang poorly (8)
An anagram (poorly) of TRIO SANG
1d Prepare to take off burden placed on one (4)
To get this verb meaning to prepare to take off in an aeroplane put a verb meaning to burden or make heavy demands on over I (one)
2d Supporting male that’s upset, in difficult situation (6)
The reversal (upset) of the male pronoun inside a difficult situation
6d Record I had accomplished hard to beat (10)
A record or printed document with blank spaces for information to be inserted followed by the abbreviation of “I had” and an adjective meaning accomplished or proficient
8d Like many pots holding a little corn at that point (7)
A small piece of cord followed by an adverb meaning at that point or time
14d Take strength from male soldier in international force? (5)
Split as (2,3) this could be a soldier who is part of an international force
16d Singer finding warmth in clothing (8)
This singing creature is derived by putting some warmth inside a verb meaning clothing or garments
21d How some German music sounds for important member of orchestra (6)
Sounds like some German songs
24d City impacted by long-term investment effort? Nothing in it (4)
An effort around (in it) O (nothing)
26d Player in deal, as featured in very successful movie (4)
Put AS inside a very successful movie
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