Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2801 (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 Area set in Siam, possibly, or another Eastern country (8)
A(rea) and a verb meaning to set inside an anagram (possibly) of SIAM
9a Saw cut one circle in slow movement (6)
A saw or maxim without its final letter (cut) followed by I (one) and the letter shaped like a circle
10a Irish quarter changed as result (6)
An anagram (changed) of RESULT
12a Misbehaviour of king in banking, for example (6,8)
Put K(ing) inside the activity (5,8) of which banking is an example
17a Cut diamonds right, left, and centre (5)
D(iamonds) on the right and left and a slang word for diamonds in the centre
19a Mostly perform brain operations fine (4)
Most of a verb meaning to “perform brain operations”
20a Result of shocking event at sanatorium? It might be (14)
An anagram (might be) of AT SANATORIUM IT
28a Reckoning error I found in manuscript is by Tolstoy, say (8)
The I from the clue inside the abbreviation for M(anu)S(cript) and followed by the rank accorded to, for example (say), Nikolai Tolstoy
1d In Paris, I’ve left prison (4)
Back to school! – the French for I’ve/I have (1’2) followed by L(eft)
2d Time in piece of music satisfactory for composer (6)
T(ime) inside a short piece of music and the two-letter word meaning satisfactory
6d Greek character on a strange mission — very hush-hush? (10)
A letter (character) in the Greek alphabet followed by the A from the clue and an anagram (strange) of MISSION
13d Vessel in evident trouble listed, finally capsized (10)
A three-letter vessel inside an adjective meaning evident or patent and the final letters of two words in the clue
14d Like book that’s complete, or marginally unfinished (5)
Two definitions – the second being like a book from which the rough margins have not been removed
18d Stump, perhaps, as part of crossword is missing (7)
One for the cricket fans! – to stump a batsman is one way of sending him back to the pavilion, and it’s cleverly hidden (part of) inside the clue
22d First-class spinner following bit of advice (3-3)
A spinning toy follows a bit of advice
26d Read note, oddly, as expression of anger (4)
The odd letters of the first two words in the clue
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