Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2810 (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 Angelic creature‘s unusual turn of phrase (6)
An anagram (unusual turn) of PHRASE
10a Criticise inside cover that’s not bound by social conventions (9)
A six-letter verb meaning to criticise inside a cover for a box or jar gives an adjective meaning not bound by social conventions
13a Ringleader in English resort tries hard (7)
The initial letter (leader) of R[ing] inside an English resort (2,4)
14a Heard pronouncement of so-called college and scoffed (5)
15a Blood group, in short, I have that’s aiding recovery (8)
A blood group inside an adjective meaning short and followed by the abbreviated form of I have gives an adjective meaning aiding recovery
23a Readable arrangement of lines, apart from chapter and verse (3,4)
A three-letter word meaning apart from followed by C(hapter) and a verse
26a Conviction when Ecstasy’s found in part of camp (5)
A conviction or belief is derived by putting E(cstasy) inside something that forms part of a camp
28a Portray as evil happening, surrounded by death (8)
A two-letter word meaning happening inside a word meaning death or passing
29a Work of art, say, placed outside university (6)
A verb meaning to say around (placed outside) U(niversity)
1d Males dispersed in various directions as travellers? (8)
An anagram (dispersed) of MALES inside some compass directions
3d Craziness of incendiary extremes in party leading EU country (9)
The outer letters of (extremes) in P[art]Y before (leading) an EU country
5d Daughter is framed by charge chosen at random (14)
D(aughter) and IS inside (framed by) a verb meaning to charge with an offence
8d Far from vigilant as unknown weapon turned up (6)
A mathematical unknown and a weapon, all reversed (turned up in a down clue)
17d Part of team game in which a couple of universities combine (8)
Part of a team used to pull a plough followed by a card game gives a word used to collectively refer to our two most prestigious universities
19d A friend appearing on motorway radar, for example (7)
The A from the clue followed by a colloquial word for a friend and M(otorway) – radar is an example of this type of word (and palindrome doesn’t fit!)
22d Became more moderate in a short time when retired? (6)
Start with the A from the clue and the abbreviation for T(ime) and then follow the instructions given by a phrase meaning retired for the night (2,1,3)
24d How marks may be given out a lot (5)
Split as (2,3) this describes how marks may be given out
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