Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2813 (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 Studies kind of theft that involves plotting (10)
A four-letter verb meaning studies followed by a kind of theft these days usually associated with illegal copying
6a Audible warning on course for boat crew (4)
Sounds like (audible) a warning on the golf course
9a Unruly form tucked into favourite fish (7)
I know someone who will love this one! – just put an anagram (unruly) of FORM inside a favourite or darling
10a Like organist, holding note, kept calm (7)
An adjective describing the position of an organist while playing around the second note of the diatonic scale of C major
14a In OK position to achieve goal selected (6)
Where a footballer must be if he doesn’t want his goal to be disallowed, if split (2,4), means selected for the team
22a How puzzles are solved at home — instruct one in gradual way (13)
A two-letter word meaning at home followed by a verb meaning to instruct, I (one) and an adverb meaning in a gradual way
25a Ship making direct course to harbour in the morning (7)
A verb meaning to cause a vehicle, or ship, to follow a direct course around (to harbour) the two-letter abbreviation for morning
27a Write that silly line about Olympic event (10)
A three-letter verb meaning to write followed by an anagram (silly) of THAT, L(ine) and a two-letter preposition meaning about
1d Constable? Gallery’s conclusion: it’s not original (4)
A three-letter word for a police constable followed by the final letter (conclusion) of [galler]Y
3d Upright piano, with arrangement of a prelude in C, right? (13)
P(iano) followed by an anagram (arrangement) of A PRELUDE IN C and R(ight)
5d Lady-killer appearing in clubs as a star (8)
C(lubs) followed by AS, the A from the clue and a bright star
11d Withdrawal of financial support as daughter’s ready for service? (13)
D(aughter) followed by a phrase (2,2,8) which could mean ready to conduct a service in church
16d Foundation receiving short letter in Asian language (8)
A foundation around a four-letter short letter or note
18d Record number accepting part of Bible in every respect (7)
A verb meaning to record the number of people present around (accepting) one of our usual parts of the bible
20d Start off tiny, finish off likewise — how awful! (7)
Take an adjective meaning tiny, drop (off) the first letter (start) then take another adjective meaning tiny and drop (off) the final letter (finish)
21d Room to accommodate piece cut by editors (6)
A piece around (cut by) the abbreviated form of editor, but this time in the plural
23d Flourish without dish, finally, that’s health food (4)
Start with an eight-letter word meaning to flourish and drop (without) DISH from the end (finally)
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