Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2821 (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:
1a Cook aromatic plant that’s specified in prescription (6)
A two-letter verb meaning to cook or falsify followed by an aromatic plant
4a Widespread alarm about endless protest (8)
An alarm or fright around the first three letters (endless) of a four-letter protest
11a Excerpt from popular song giving serious offence (5)
Looking for a lurker? – look no further
14a Slow movement of mythical ship on lake (5)
Jason’s mythical ship, or should that be the mythical Jason’s ship, preceded by (on in an across clue) L(ake)
18a Projection for securing rope is holding male climber (8)
A projection attached to part of a ship for securing a rope and the IS from the clue around (holding) M(ale)
25a Something worn by noble, possibly made of gold, one seen in court (7)
The heraldic term for gold and ONE from the clue inside C(our)T
28a Singers inside bars in holiday islands (8)
Two definitions – some “singers” who are often kept in cages (inside bars), for reasons that are totally beyond me, and, when capitalised, some holiday islands
29a Without objection, good woman covers her head (6)
G(ood) followed by a woman, the latter around the initial letter (head) of the same word for a woman – not, as I first attempted, around the initial letter of H[er]!
1d Pass securing science place for some teacher’s student (8)
A verb meaning to pass or expire around (securing) SCI(ence) and PL(ace)
2d Chap with pistol people run away from as quickly as possible (7)
If you’re looking for some wordplay here you will be disappointed, as it’s a cryptic definition of a chap, or chappess, who uses a pistol to begin an event in which people run as quickly as possible
3d Apparently envious over opportunity that’s provided for rest of players (5,4)
The colour associated with envy followed by opportunity or leeway – these players are actors rather than sportsmen
6d Flier, one largely responsible for historic Spanish flight (5)
Two definitions – a flier or bird and the English hero who was largely responsible for the historic flight of the Spanish ships
8d Recorded Brahms and Liszt (6)
Two definitions – the second being another colloquial word for the rhyming slang expression “Brahms and Liszt”
17d Excessive praise from playwright about coffee (8)
The surname of the playwright whose best-known work was famously misquoted by Margaret Thatcher around a posh word for a white coffee which usually results in its price being grossly inflated
19d Swedish philanthropist upset about an unstable country (7)
The reversal (upset in a down clue) of the surname of a Swedish philanthropist around the AN from the clue
24d General meaning to expand number of regiments, initially (5)
The initial letters of five words in the clue
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