Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2815 (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:
7a Old volume found in particular joint (8)
Put O(ld) and V(olume) inside a particular or item to get a woodworking joint
9a Man trying to attract woman with diamonds, say, and gold (6)
The name for a set of playing cards of which diamonds is an example (say) followed by the heraldic term for gold
10a Practically nothing received by charity ahead of time (6)
O(nothing) inside (received by) charity and followed by (ahead of) T(ime)
12a They can have views without buying lies about popular party points (6-8)
Some lies or untruths around a two-letter word for popular, a party and couple of compass points
15a Audible disapproval in this snigger or sigh is strong (4)
… this one is especially for Kath, not just once but twice!
19a Unhappy after the speaker’s been introduced and spoke (4)
An adjective meaning unhappy around (‘s/has been introduced) the first person pronoun (speaker)
20a Turned out to cover people on condition it avoids stress (14)
An anagram (out) of TURNED around some people preceded by a condition
27a Drink repeatedly passed around, say, quietly (6)
An alcoholic drink followed by the same alcoholic drink (repeatedly) all reversed (passed around)
28a A Tory is oddly accepting line that was opposing Parliament (8)
An anagram (oddly) of A TORY IS around (accepting) L(ine) – some might ask what is the difference between the stated wordplay and an anagram of A TORY IS L and the answer is very little, except you know the L(ine) is not at the beginning or end of the answer
1d One vessel in front of another on loch (4)
The front of, for example, a seagoing vessel followed by (on in a down clue) L(och)
2d What could be done by changing past (6)
An anagram (what could be … changing) of DONE BY
5d Upset if senior figures cover points, for example (8)
The reversal (upset in a down clue) of IF followed by some senior figures gives the cricketers of which cover points are an example
6d Something one has put on show, initially, before meeting (10)
The initial letters of three words in the clue followed by a meeting
13d Not just occupying one South American city, also part of North America (10)
A two-letter word meaning occupying followed by I (one), a five-letter South American city and part of North America
16d Bad miss when holding prized weapons (8)
An anagram (bad) of MISS around an adjective meaning prized or treasured
22d It is in city centre (6)
Where you will find IT in cITy!
26d Child brought up on hot food (4)
The reversal (brought up) of a male child followed by H(ot)
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