Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2804 (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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Some hints follow:
1a Accommodation for officers isn’t too special in mess (6,8)
These are non-military officers – an anagram (in mess) of ISN’T TOO SPECIAL
10a Excellent, like every part of RAF, but not army or navy (7)
Look carefully at every part of R A F!
12a Never to be removed from home — a right to keep property accomplished (11)
The usual two-letter word for home followed by the A from the clue, a right to keep property and an adjective meaning accomplished or proficient
15a Unparalleled order to stop being so inquisitive (8)
Split as (4,4) this could be an order to stop being so inquisitive
17a Make interesting observations as visitors (8)
A cryptic definition of making interesting observations as visitors or tourists
19a Number of Latin Americans giving short talks (3-3)
This Latin American number or dance tune comes from a four-letter word for a talk without its final letter (short) followed by the same again
24a Have a line about game’s unfortunate score (3,4)
A three-letter verb meaning to have, the A from the clue and L(ine) around a board game
27a Meat dish, in general, following grouse (4,10)
The name of a famous general follows a grouse or complaint
1d Creating camps far apart, holding up rising increase in accessibility (14)
The act of splitting opinion into two opposing camps around (holding) the reversal (rising in a down clue) of UP
3d Is spellbound? Oddly daft witch is fascinating (11)
The IS from the clue inside (bound) a spell and followed by the even letters (oddly?) of dAfT wItCh – is the word “missing” missing from this clue?
Thanks to the setter for confirming that there was an omission in the clue, which should have read “Is spellbound? Oddly deficient daft witch is fascinating”
5d Assigned a small place to sleep, overlapping with another (8)
The A from the clue and S(mall) followed by two places to sleep, with the final letter of the first overlapping the initial letter of the second – although the abbreviation for “small” is used a lot, surprisingly it is not supported by Chambers
7d Conspicuous reason for putting menu items on laptop? (7)
Split as (2,5) this could be a reason for putting menu items on one’s lap[top]
13d Former PM introducing current measure with style in this town (11)
An eighteenth century Prime Minister followed by a measure of electric current and a word, of French origin, meaning style
16d Early-morning call always upset sick European (8)
The reversal (upset in a down clue) of a word meaning always followed by an adjective meaning sick and E(uropean)
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20d Stripped in exotic act in nightclub (7)
An adjective meaning stripped or naked inside an anagram (exotic) of ACT
25d It’s not on circular letter fellow duplicated (3)
The letter shaped like a circle followed by F(ellow) and F(ellow) (duplicated)
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