Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2820 (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 as “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 House upset with MP, new and unsophisticated (8)
An anagram (upset) of HOUSE MP N(ew)
10a Problem around university affected fellow (6)
A problem or riddle around U(niversity)
12a Sight on coast castaway genius in distress (6,8)
An anagram (in distress) of CASTAWAY GENIUS
19a Play stopped early for wee drink (4)
Another word for a play without its final letter (stopped early)
20a Child actor as exiled prince (5,9)
This could describe a child who acts, but it was actually a prince who had a claim to the British throne
25a Engaged in change of course in storm (6)
A two-letter word meaning engaged in followed by a verb meaning to change the course of a sailing ship
27a Western half of very pleasant World Heritage Site (6)
The left (western in an across clue) half of VE[ry] followed by an adjective meaning pleasant
28a Lacking room to grow, best put back before spring (3-5)
The reversal (put back) of an adjective meaning best followed by a verb meaning to spring or leap
1d Part of our capital accordingly goes on house (4)
A two-letter word meaning accordingly followed by (goes on in a down clue) HO(use)
2d Number crossing river, one that rises in Wales (6)
Spell out a one-digit number and put it around R(iver) to get a river that rises in Wales – and passes within two miles of where I live!
4d Crazy artists in Indian city now recalled (6)
An adjective meaning crazy followed by the usual artists gives the former name (now recalled) of the Indian city where Rishi lives
5d Upheld agreement to marry, after wife’s demonstrated subservience (8)
The reversal (upheld in a down clue) of a two-letter word of agreement then the TO from the clue and a verb meaning to marry, the latter components being preceded by W(ife)
8d Reading‘s certainly held up by friend (7)
The reversal (up in a down clue) of a four-letter interjection meaning certainly inside (held … by) a friend
13d One or two, very unusually, found in academics’ dwelling (5,5)
An anagram (unusually) of I (one) OR TWO VERY
18d Like final man to leave, survive (7)
Split as (3,4) this could describe the final man to leave the cricket field
22d Switch position after somebody else produces idea (6)
One of the two positions of a switch preceded by a phrase (3,1) that describes someone else
26d In speech, philosopher is unable to use specialised language (4)
This word that sounds like (in speech) the surname of a German philosopher is defined as “is unable” (3’1) and to use specialised language (4)
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