Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2809 (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 Minimal salary increase in, for example, good job! (6)
Split as (1,5) this could be regarded as a minimal salary increase – say, for example, “good job” to someone and you are issuing this
8a Revolutionary comrade with little time for non-Communist (8)
Forget Che and those reds under the bed, this time revolutionary indicates an anagram of COMRADE which is then followed by T(ime)
10a Reinforcing piece added to shoe to walk backwards (6)
This is quite easy once you have separated the definition from the rest – TO is followed by the reversal (backwards) of a verb meaning to walk
12a How to connect painter with craft, say, and establish union (3,3,4)
… this painter is a rope and the craft is a boat
13a Remaining fish on slate, perhaps, put in the shade (12)
A four-letter word meaning remaining or spare is followed by a four-letter fish and on the slate or indebted
20a Supporter‘s complaint about new player (10)
A complaint or moan around N(ew) and followed by a player or dramatic artist
22a In addition, having acted as guide inside Spanish city (6)
A three-letter word meaning in addition around (having … inside) a verb meaning acted as a guide
23a Make change in layout concerning pro wrestling location (8)
A charade of a two-letter word meaning concerning, a word meaning pro or in favour of and a location on which wrestling might take place
25a Next to piano, song is secondary activity (2-4)
A two-letter preposition meaning next to, P(iano) and a song give this secondary activity
1d Maintain quiet and restrained manner (8)
The musical notation for quiet followed by a restrained manner or coolness
2d Admitted, audibly? Just so (5)
Sounds like a word meaning admitted or permitted but actually (just so) means audibly
5d He wrote sacred verses in dull fashion (7)
An adjective meaning dull followed by a verb meaning to fashion, typically, wood
9d Watch someone like me crossing river as leader, in a fashion (11)
A verb meaning to watch over and someone like our compiler around (crossing) R(iver)
14d President‘s first lady left in sleeping-place (9)
The world’s first ever lady and L(eft) inside a sleeping place for chickens
17d Monster devouring old soldier on horse (7)
Once again quite easy once you have separated the definition from the rest – a monster around O(ld)
18d Wanting to save money, your old clothes split (7)
An old-fashioned word for your around (clothes) a split or fissure
21d Run into small vessel extremely popular with surfers? (5)
R(un) inside a small vessel gives this word meaning extremely popular with surfers, particularly those using Twitter
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