Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2822 (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 Reach conclusion in essay with it (6)
A three-letter verb meaning to reach a conclusion inside an essay or attempt gives an adjective meaning “with it”
8a Last drink that may go to one’s head (8)
Two definitions – the second being something that could be worn on one’s head
11a Expression of disapproval during this speech is stated twice (4)
A trademark Virgilius clue in which the answer is hidden (during) inside four words in the clue, not once but twice
13a Deadly gunman –- note small nose (12)
A note that has been raised by a semitone followed by S(mall) and a colloquial word for a nose
20a View Surrealist works by European producing shock (10)
A verb meaning to view or examine followed by a word that represent the works of a Surrealist painter, as in “the gallery has several ***** in its collection”, and E(uropean) gives the English spelling of a verb meaning to shock or outrage
22a Asian garment‘s bargain price – about a rupee (6)
A bargain price, as in “going for a ****” around the A from the clue and R(upee)
24a Record-holder with advantage, right on line (6)
An advantage and R(ight) preceded by (on in an across clue) L(ine)
25a Spirit that’s kind and friendly in the extreme (6)
A kind or make of product followed by the final letter (in the extreme) of [friendl]Y
1d Misplaced wit, lacking seriousness in period of decline (8)
An anagram (misplaced) of WIT followed by an adjective meaning lacking seriousness
3d Noble endlessly expected to join game with kings and queens (7)
A three-letter word meaning expected without (endlessly) its final letter followed by a game which includes kings and queens among its pieces
5d Isn’t inserting pages –- nothing is put in (7)
A colloquial way of saying isn’t around a couple of P(age)s and O (nothing) gives a verb meaning to put in to a job
7d Reason to include one piece of writing that’s fanciful (6)
A word meaning, when used as a noun, a reason or explanation around I (one) and our usual two-letter piece of writing
9d Quietly move on, for example (11)
The musical notation for quietly followed by a verb meaning to move to a new place gives a part of speech of which “on” is an example
14d Outlaw‘s to commit crime with head covered (5,4)
A verb meaning to commit a particular crime followed by a phrase (2,4) meaning with head covered in a specific garment
15d Rally in Rome initially extremely supportive of Italian author (8)
The initial letter of R[ome] followed by an adverb meaning extremely, the latter being preceded by (supportive of in a down clue) the three-letter surname of an Italian author
21d Enjoyment around outskirts of Tokyo, something for relaxation of Japanese (5)
Some enjoyment around the outer letters (outskirts) of T[oky]O
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