Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2814 (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 Diction’s modified by subtle difference in end (14)
An anagram (modified) of DICTION’S followed by a subtle difference
9a Player is put in room inside, with temperature reduced (7)
Put IS between an inside room and the abbreviation (reduced) of T(emperature)
10a Get together in Queen’s returning train (7)
A verb meaning to get together inside the Queen’s regnal cipher, all reversed (returning)
15a Faithful person has to live with deception, endlessly jolly (8)
A two-letter verb meaning to live followed by a deception and most of (endlessly) an adverb meaning jolly or extremely
17a Slacks, perhaps? It’s the opposite of kind taking in employer (8)
Start with a four-letter word meaning kind or type, reverse it (it’s the opposite) and then insert an employer
21a Like lions, affected outside protected area, finally (10)
An adjective meaning affected or flowery around the final letters of two words in the clue
24a With no attempt at concealment, devouring a cold ham (7)
An adjective meaning with no attempt at concealment around (devouring) the A from the clue and C(old) gives a verb meaning to ham or perform in an exaggerated manner
26a Hobbyist for whom mail brings items of interest (5,9)
A cryptic definition of a hobbyist who is more interested in what is on the mail than what is inside
1d Person providing determination for crucial game (7)
Two definitions – a person who determines which course of action is to be taken and a crucial game between two teams, only one of which will achieve their objective
3d Expression of triumphant surprise about current state (4)
An expression of triumphant surprise around the symbol for electric current gives a US state
6d Religious work giving convert ease of mind, we hear (10)
This religious work sounds like (we hear) a verb meaning to convert followed by ease of mind
8d Over time, dressed up somebody in red (6)
An adjective meaning dressed in one’s finery around (over) T(ime) gives somebody who’s bank account is printed in red ink
13d A large mammal seen in part of country, no real reason for anxiety (5,5)
The A from the clue, L(arge) and a marine mammal inside something that is an intrinsic part of our countryside
17d Advice to European to proceed with caution (6)
Some advice followed by TO from the clue and E(uropean)
20d Replacing centrepiece of meal, possibly uses shellfish (6)
Replace the middle two letters () of M[ea]L with an anagram (possibly) of USES
23d Covering for shoulders, also head (4)
Two definitions – an item of clothing word on the shoulders and a headland
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