Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2811 (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 Turbulent maiden in fiction (6)
M(aiden) inside a work of fiction
4a Remarked about cold or hot, with reference to food (6)
A verb meaning remarked or noticed around C(old)
12a Subsequently protected by frantic local security (10)
An adverb meaning subsequently inside (protected by) an anagram (frantic) of LOCAL
13a French miss cheese passed around with wine about one (12)
The reversal (passed around) of some cheese followed by a type of wine around I (one)
16a Playwright’s including some text not characteristic of hero (12)
The surname of an English playwright and the S from ‘S around (including) some text of the kind often written out by delinquent schoolboys
20a Wine or tea with academic, not so long ago (10)
A four-letter word for tea followed by an academic and an old-fashioned (long ago) word meaning not so
23a As sheep may be, but not cattle or horses? Strange (8)
You can have one sheep, but not one cattle or one horses
25a Initially cornered man that is inexperienced fighter (6)
One of the chessmen that is initially placed in the corner of the board followed by the Latin abbreviation for that is
1d Read his novel, then new Irish writer (8)
An anagram (novel) of READ HIS followed by N(ew)
3d Book’s covering, perhaps, state of Africa (7)
Two definitions – the first being a type of leather used to cover books
5d Unexpected problem as female piece of advice upset everyone (7)
F(emale) and a piece of advice all reversed (upset in a down clue) followed by a word meaning everyone
7d Centrally readjust, so to speak, record-player (6)
What sounds like (so to speak) the middle two letters (centrally) of the second word in the clue gives someone who plays records in a club, etc.
9d Original sources bound to be included by English novelist (11)
A verb meaning to bound inside (to be included by) the surname of an English science-fiction novelist
14d Selectively quoted, not included without right (9)
An adjective meaning not included around (without) R(ight)
17d Like some yarn that’s spun in court, upset Dickensian heroine (7)
A verb meaning to court a young lady followed by the reversal (upset in a down clue) of a Dickensian heroine
18d Beat in play in tournament (3,4)
… this one is especially for Kath!
21d Luggage in main part of plane (5)
Two definitions – an item of luggage and the main part of a plane tree
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