Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2817 (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 Guide to making food in English clubs ready to eat outside (6)
E(nglish) and C(lubs) inside (… outside) an adjective meaning ready to eat
4a State in which you’ll find 50 per cent of Alaskans — plus earlier 25 per cent (6)
To get this US state start with the final 50 per cent of [Alas]KANS and then add an early 25 per cent of the same word
10a Amorous male precisely interrupted by person in charge of event (6)
A phrase meaning precisely (2,1,1) around the person in charge of an event or public occasion such as a banquet
13a Speculation about less civilised people creating state of confusion (12)
A three-letter speculation or gamble around a six-letter adjective meaning less civilised and some people
16a Steps down from deck using method following mate (12)
A three-letter method is preceded by a mate or colleague
21a Save last of port in cask (4)
A preposition meaning save or other than followed by the final letter (last) of [por]T
23a Negative response to various points repeatedly seen as rubbish (8)
A two-letter negative response followed by three various compass points and then the same three points again (repeatedly)
25a Yank wearing old jacket (6)
A word meaning a yank or tug followed by a two-letter word meaning wearing or having on
1d Leaders I frantically got ready for (8)
An anagram (frantically) of LEADERS I gives a verb meaning got ready or cash in exchange for
2d In time, get on board lots of fish (5)
A verb meaning to be in time for, perhaps to get on board a train while carrying lots of fish!
3d Massive monument English queen in decline set up (7)
An English queen inside a decline, all reversed (set up in a down clue)
5d For example, a story in newspaper (7)
6d Small brat revealed to be fool (9)
S(mall) followed by a brat and a phrase meaning revealed (3,2)
9d Caught in middle of change, quarrel (11)
I find it fascinating that such a simple act as inserting a single letter, C(aught) in this case) inside another word gives a totally different word
15d Guerrilla taking power, supported by skilled worker (8)
Once again a single letter, P(ower), followed (supported in a down clue) by a skilled worker gives someone totally different
17d Brings up issue as female, partly from other standpoint (7)
… this lurker is especially for Kath!
18d How halves of seesaw differ, with extreme force (7)
Split as (2,5) this describes how see and saw differ
19d I’m appearing in something stunning, Asian garment (6)
The I’M from the clue and a two-letter word meaning appearing or acting in a theatrical production inside something that stuns
21d Bust ringleader imprisoned by magistrate (5)
The initial letter (leader) of R[ing] inside a colloquial word for a magistrate
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