Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2816 (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 Power up favourite tool (6)
P(ower) followed by UP and a favourite
10a Bring debts upon oneself, without interest (9)
Split as (5,4) this could mean to bring the usual debts upon oneself
11a Noise, note, produced by little pig (5)
A note of the diatonic scale of C major followed by a little, usually the littlest, pig in a litter
13a Run a little bit in tough competition (3,4)
R(un) followed by the A from the clue and a little bit or small amount
14a Going West, East, North or South to flee with partner (5)
The reversal (going West in an across clue) of E(ast) followed by something that can be North or South
18a Crazy and miserable situation that Brazil is in (8)
A four-letter adjective meaning crazy followed by a miserable situation gives somewhere one might find a Brazil
28a It’s included before end of term for joyful excitement (8)
Insert IT just before the end of the name of a term at some universities
29a Tight and painful, in a way? Said differently (6)
These two definitions are heteronyms (words which have the same spelling but are pronounced differently and have different meanings) – the first means tight as in mean or miserly
1d Captured soldier or sniper maltreated (8)
An anagram (maltreated) of OR SNIPER
2d Informally photograph as accordingly famous artist (7)
An informal three-letter word for a photograph followed by AS from the clue and a word meaning accordingly
3d Perfect English kings hiding nothing? Not so (9)
E(nglish) followed by three of the Latin abbreviations for king around O (nothing) and finally a word meaning not so, as in not so much
7d Bravery shown by Conservative, like peers we have (7)
C(onservative) followed by a phrase (3,3) meaning like peers which we have
8d Lower number upset that woman — name different kind of number (6)
Two separate sets of wordplay for this adjective meaning lower, particularly when applied to a region – a) the reversal (upset in a down clue) of a three-letter number followed by a pronoun meaning “that woman” and b) N(ame) followed by a different kind of number i.e. one that makes someone feel number
9d Round-table discussions in morning might collapse quickly (5,9)
A charade of might or strength followed by a verb meaning to collapse and an adverb meaning quickly
17d Bishop and I attempt to end gang activity (8)
B(ishop) followed by AND from the clue, I from the clue and an attempt at the end
24d Female removed from ash, elder, or other tree (5)
Drop (removed) the female pronoun from inside the first two trees to get a third
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