Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2806 (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 A couple of hacks with expedition (4-4)
A hack or cut followed by the same word
10a Benefit from Asian drink? Doesn’t sound like it (4)
Two definitions – a benefit or advantage and an Asian alcoholic drink which is spelt the same but pronounced differently (doesn’t sound like it), making it a homonym
11a Without doctor, don’t arrest poorly protester (12)
An anagram (poorly) of DON’T ARREST around (without) one of the usual two-letter abbreviations for a doctor
13a Where to serve meal and pill before surgery (5,3)
A six-letter word for a pill followed by an abbreviated word for some surgery
15a Revolt about a negative parliamentary procedure (6)
A verb meaning to revolt around the A from the clue
20a Indulged as child, getting upset about nothing (6)
A verb meaning upset a liquid around O (nothing)
21a Came about a page by author being restricted by hard editor (8)
The A from the clue, P(age) and a verb meaning to author or write inside H(ard) and ED(itor)
27a Place rook, say, in corner, maybe (3,5)
A verb meaning to place followed by what a rook is an example of (say) on the chessboard gives a pre-planned action on the football pitch, like (maybe) a corner
28a Awful eyestrain, dispelling a feeling of calmness (8)
An anagram (awful) of EYESTR[A]IN without (dispelling) the A
2d Held a map out that shows way forward for driver (8)
An anagram (out) of HELD A MAP gives something that shows way forward for a car driver at night
3d Liking horoscope about Leo, omitting nothing (12)
A horoscope or forecast around LE[O] without (omitting) the O (nothing)
7d Measure of speed, in the main? Not from what we hear (4)
This measure of speed at sea (in the main) sounds like (from what we hear) not
8d Justice in drama critic’s moderate review (4,4)
This could be a moderate review of a stage production given by a drama critic
12d Fear, perhaps, in one that’s disturbed (12)
A brilliantly concealed anagram (that’s disturbed) of PERHAPS IN ONE
16d Quality of piece of cake or pie found in some areas, in essence (8)
The quality of something that is described as a piece of cake or part of a metaphor “as **** as pie” is, wait for it Kath, hidden (found in some) in the clue
22d Caller of tune having inserted line for musician (6)
The person who gives money to the piper calls the tune – insert L(ine) to get this musician, quite possibly said piper!
25d Oddly deficient strikers in no-win situations (4)
Unlike a few weeks ago, our setter has remembered to insert the word “deficient” to indicate that it is the even, not odd, letters of [s]T[r]I[k]E[r]S that give these no-win situations
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