Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2807 (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 Minimal temperature and pressure in main plant (5,3)
A Scottish word for minimal or small, T(emperature) and P(ressure) all inside the body of water known poetically as a main – Mrs BD has had over 500 blooms off our plants this Summer
9a Article by son constitutes academic work (6)
The definite article followed by S(on) and a two-letter verb meaning constitutes
10a Exercises needed on part of flight in Russia, it’s plain (6)
… this flight goes from one floor to the next!
11a Source of amusement, including game — good topic for mathematicians (8)
A source of amusement for a young child (and a few older ones as well!) around a posh game and G(ood) – I studied this topic, which explains what a coffee cup and a doughnut have in common, in my final year at the University of Bristol
15a Support one’s withdrawn from pioneer (4)
…do exactly what it says on the tin!
19a Back part of city in no-win situation (4)
Reverse an administrative division of a city
20a How unwavering person acts during passage, mostly without roughness (14)
Most of a phrase meaning during passage (2,7) followed by an adverb meaning without roughness
27a Particular sci-fi movie shown in Irish house (6)
That ubiquitous Steven Spielberg sci-fi movie inside the lower house of the legislature of the Republic of Ireland
28a Somebody else working with a learner? Only in theory (8)
A phrase meaning somebody else (3,1) followed by the usual two-letter word meaning working, the A from the clue and L(earner)
1d Hard-working student recovers from breakdown? Just the reverse (4)
The reversal (just the reverse) of a verb meaning recovers a car from a breakdown
2d Folk including couples from right parts of Europe stop awhile (6)
A Virgilius speciality – take the final couple of letters from each of three words in the clue
4d Secure, in a way, important element of diet (6)
Two definitions – a verb meaning to secure in a particular way and an important element of a diet
6d It’s on hand, providing quick coverage (10)
A cryptic definition of something that covers the quick on one’s hand
8d Early opportunity to see clergyman I located sitting in church? (7)
The three-letter abbreviation for a clergyman and the I from the clue inside where someone might be sitting in a charch
13d Arose and made a speech, having imbibed one drink (10)
A verb meaning made a speech around I (one) and an alcoholic drink
16d Like brain operations, helping almost everyone (8)
A helping followed by most of a word meaning everyone
22d New directional aid used in restricted channel (6)
N(ew) followed by a directional aid or pointer
26d Open a little container with key, initially (4)
A small container, like the one I used for my redcurrant jam last week, preceded by (initially) a musical key
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