Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2805 (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 Potter about before armistice arranged (10)
The single-letter Latin abbreviation for about followed by an anagram (arranged) of ARMISTICE
9a Hide resentment of a kind, mostly before staff returns (7)
Most of a kind of resentment followed by the reversal of a four-letter staff
10a Gathering fruit from some climbers – how mad can one be? (7)
Two definitions – a verb meaning gathering the fruit of a plant of the mulberry family with a long twining stalk, used for flavouring beer, and an adjective that describes a degree of being mad
15a Arbitrates about professional payments, including royalty (8)
The two-letter word meaning about followed by some professional payments around (including) royalty, in the form of Her Majesty
19a Cast aside, lives in part of Ireland (6)
A two-letter verb meaning lives inside an Irish county
22a He rings the changes as politician in action, and goal’s revised (13)
Our usual politician inside an anagram (revised) of ACTION and GOAL’S
24a Make prediction for aircraft going over speed of light (7)
A three-letter word meaning for followed by an aircraft around the mathematical symbol for the speed of light
27a What’s valued about a monarch that’s insecure (10)
An adjective meaning valued or cherished around the A from the clue and the Latin abbreviation for a monarch (king or queen)
1d Signs left out of things like this (4)
Drop the L(eft) from a word that describes the above line, and the others in this puzzle
2d Go back to clergyman shortly before I get behind on support (7)
The three-letter abbreviation for a clergyman followed by the I from the clue and a verb meaning to get one’s behind on a support
3d Two non-alcoholic drinks that can be bought in bars (4,9)
Combine two non-alcoholic drinks to get an item of confectionery that can be bought in bars – one for the ladies!
4d Create a single international gang boss in the US (6)
Split as (3,3) this could mean to create a single international sportsman
8d Making arrangements I perform musically with instrument (10)
The I from the clue and a verb meaning to perform musically follow a musical instrument
11d Powerful politician that’s initially backed MP (5,8)
… simply reverse the letters of MP and then expand the abbreviation
13d Working in working group, for example, inserting one page in small piece (10)
… what the word working is in the phrase working group – I (one) and P(age) inside a small piece
18d Doctor entering saw, for instance, a gambling activity (7)
One of the two-letter abbreviations for a doctor inside the kind of implement of which a saw is an example then the A from the clue
21d Imaginative American writer leading movement out of control (6)
A three-letter American writer followed by (leading) an out-of-control movement
23d Some ride sidesaddle for day after day like this (4)
Hidden (some) twice (day after day) in the clue is a day in the ancient Rome calendar that had great significance for Julius Caesar
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