Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2803 (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 Respect natural setting in which silver’s found (6)
A natural setting or domicile around the chemical symbol for silver
4a Prophetic work with unchanged line about what lies repeatedly in future (6)
To get this prophetic work in the bible put a word meaning unchanged and L(ine) around “what lies repeatedly in future”
8a Evil racket almost covering one state (8)
An adjective meaning evil or bad and most of a racket or din around (covering) I (one)
10a Start of crossword clue, ending with unknown material (6)
The initial letter (start) of C[rossword] followed by a clue and a mathematical unknown
13a Drinks diners combined with sweets, perhaps (7,5)
An anagram (perhaps) of DINERS combined with SWEETS
16a Still returning to ruined shelters, however (12)
The reversal of an adverb meaning still or yet followed by an anagram (ruined) of SHELTERS
20a Again find something obvious about Mao’s little book? Just the opposite (10)
Split the answer as (3,2,5) and swap the first and last words (just the opposite) to get something obvious about Mao’s little book
25a Strange story about European that lies in bed under water (6)
An anagram (strange) of STORY around E(uropean)
1d Husband, completely outstanding, revered (8)
A charade of H(usband) a three-letter word meaning completely and a word meaning outstanding or due
2d Part of New England twice heard primary shock (5)
This part of New England sounds like (heard) both (twice) an adjective meaning primary and a shock of hair
3d Shopkeeper sounded less refined (7)
Sounds like a shopkeeper
5d Dispose of lots, using element of WMD in battle (7)
Put the chemical symbol for an element used in WMDs inside a word for a battle
9d Drink with sailors in small club (11)
Put a company of sailors inside S(mall) and a golf club
15d Irishman, for example, is on spacecraft that comes down (8)
The IS from the clue followed by the type of spacecraft that comes back down to earth
17d Brutal emperor’s final word of dominance over us (7)
My favourite of today’s clues – the final word of the three-word Latin phrase popularly attributed to Julius Caesar followed by O(ver) and US
19d Artist appearing in American gambling centre I run (6)
An American city famous for gambling followed by I and R(un)
21d Plague first spread around East (5)
Put an adjective meaning first or optimal around E(ast)
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