Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2812 (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 Some youth misbehaving peers concealed (14)
While the CONCEALED looks as if it is indicating a hidden answer, it’s actually, along with PEERS, the fodder for an anagram (misbehaving)
9a Deadlock that is broken by person elected ahead of idiot (7)
The Latin abbreviation for “that is” around (broken by) an elected representative and an idiot (although which is which is a subject for discussion!)
10a Country‘s troops in retreat — madness! (7)
It’s those troops again, although this time they are reversed (in retreat) and followed by madness
11a Capital I extracted from villain in past (3)
… the villain in question is Shakespearean
15a Will producer try out actor clubs rejected? (8)
A verb meaning to try out followed by A[C]TOR without (rejected) the C(lubs)
22a Stand firm with at least two top people (11)
A stand between two players in cricket is also a firm or business with at least two top people
23a Intimidate female whose homecoming is indefinitely delayed (3)
Two definitions – a verb meaning to intimidate and the female animal which is one of several in an expression (4,3,4,4,4) meaning indefinitely delayed
24a Get mildly angry, so to speak, in plant (3,4)
What sounds like (so to speak) the more usual expression for getting angry *** *** (3,3), somewhat watered down (mildly) to *** **** (3,4) is actually a perennial plant
27a Down-to-earth sons men upset? Funny about that (14)
An anagram (upset) of SONS MEN with an adjective meaning funny around it (about that)
1d Benefactor giving disorganised hospital PR hint (14)
An anagram (disorganised) of HOSPITAL PR HINT
2d Take advantage of mine no longer, having left nothing inside (7)
A mine that is no longer in use could be described as an ** *** (2,3) – simply insert (having … inside) L(eft) and O (nothing)
3d Strangely considerate, doing harm to something sacred (11)
This anagram (strangely) of CONSIDERATE gives an action topically carried out by members of the so-called Islamic State
5d Shown on TV? Not viewable (8)
Two definitions – a verb meaning shown on TV and an adjective meaning not viewable or hidden from view
8d Blazing revolver? (9,5)
A picture is worth a thousand words!
13d Muck-raking journalists, say, surrounded by good crowd (6,5)
A verb meaning to say or state inside (surrounded by) G(ood) and a crowd
16d Gives birth to family — hence hide from wild animal (8)
A verb meaning gives birth to followed by a three-letter word meaning family
25d Mass, following one’s specific doctrine (3)
M(ass) follows I (one) and the S from ‘S
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