Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2799 (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 Couples initiating these risky ventures prosper (6)
The first two letters (couples) of three words in the clue
4a Bogus record of what’s outstanding in London team (8)
Couldn’t resist this one – the usual record of what’s outstanding inside THE football team in London!
10a Period in which one’s not well off? (4,5)
A cryptic definition of a period in which one’s not well and off work – you are meant to think of “not well off” meaning not having much money
13a Scrutinise monarch, for example, holding power (7)
The class of creature of which a monarch is an example around (holding) P(ower)
15a Protection from blame one put on rascal (8)
A five-letter word meaning one preceded by (on in an across clue) a rascal or scamp
18a Herbaceous shrub in a container like that (8)
A charade of the A from the clue, a container and an adverb meaning like that
23a A ceremony run without bishop or judge (7)
The A from the clue, a ceremony and R(un) around (without) B(ishop)
29a Husband a number size up? (6)
H(usband) followed by a cardinal number gives a word meaning the size in an upward direction
1d Cassette destroyed in important legal action (4,4)
An anagram (destroyed) of CASSETTE
3d In eleven pieces, reassembled check fabric (9)
An anagram (pieces reassembled) of ELEVEN around a verb meaning to check
5d Tendency Democrat is showing in part of speech (14)
D(emocrat) and IS inside (showing in) a part of speech
8d Composed small note to girlfriend (6)
S(mall) and a note of the diatonic scale of C major followed by a girlfriend
16d Sight in Paris left-wing area held by someone else? (5,4)
An adjective meaning left-wing and A(rea) inside a phrase that means someone else (3,2)
17d What goes between storeys, including a new kind of window (8)
What you use to go from one storey to the next (without using the lift!) around the A from the clue and N(ew)
19d Vegetable, all of whose parts are in scale (7)
This word for this vegetable contains only letters that are in the diatonic scale of C major
21d Show disrespect in court? Punishment for offending player (7)
Split as (3,4) this could mean to show disrespect in the royal court
24d Put foot down on trade moving east (5)
Start with TRADE and move the E(ast) – as this is a down clue it does not mean move in an easterly direction
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