Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2800 (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 Chapter that is by fellow artist, Bobby’s superior (5,9)
CH(apter) followed by the Latin abbreviation for “that is”, F(emale) and the surname of a famous artist
10a Messenger or porter, say, carrying letters (7)
This porter is an example (say) of a three-letter alcoholic drink – put it around (carrying) some letters or mail
11a Succeed in putting some pots in kiln (4)
This term which means to “succeed in putting” in a particular sport is hidden (some) inside the clue
12a Front of garage, for sure, including large area for drivers (4,6)
The initial letter (front) of G[arage] and a phrase meaning for sure (2,6) around L(arge) is an area for drivers in the same “particular sport” as above!
15a Was the cause of something being initially floored (8)
Two definitions – the second being something that is the first (initially) to be placed on the floor
22a Comfortable in soldiers’ arms? Just the opposite (4)
The reversal (just the opposite) of some arms that might be carried by a soldier
26a Like a shot from dreadful gun, hit in a style (14)
An anagram (dreadful) of GUN HIT IN A STYLE
1d Definitive Indian drink, in small volume (7)
An Indian drink inside the abbreviation for a small metric volume
2d Getting more extreme, if CIA’s muddled in aim (15)
An anagram (muddled) of IF CIA’S inside an aim or purpose
5d For personnel provision, it’s smart including a couple of females (8)
A verb meaning to smart or tingle around the A from the clue and a couple of F(emale)s
6d Record in a kind of licence that’s in a sorry state (10)
A record of events inside the A from the clue and a type of licence or allowable departure from strict fact for the sake of effect
7d Creative activity following a line family inserted in article (7,8)
An adjective meaning following a line followed by a family inside (inserted in) an article or object
13d Cockney’s clue that man concealed loathing for bully (10)
Start with a string of words meaning a clue (4), that man (3), concealed (3) and loathing (4) and write them down as a Cockney might say them, i.e. (3,2,2,3)
16d One held by North African on island contracted disease (4-4)
Insert (held by) I (one) inside a member of one of the Muslim peoples of North Africa and then add I(sland)
23d Language that is inconclusively put together (4)
Take two words in the clue, drop their final letters (inconclusively) and then put what’s left together
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