Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2823 (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 Servant attending gentleman before a dance (6)
A servant who attends a gentleman followed by the A from the clue
4a Song for church service (3,5)
A three-letter song followed by FOR from the clue and the Church of England
11a Something you might pick by European or English philosopher (5)
Something you might pick, especially if you were a burglar, followed by E(uropean)
12a Resting-place beside lake for exclusive group (7)
A resting-place for animals followed by one of the Great Lakes
15a Old boy was in the army, it’s said (8)
The abbreviation for Old Boy followed by a verb meaning was in the army
23a Result of overindulgence less good for royal house (7)
Start with this result of overindulgence in alcohol and drop (less) the G(ood) – did you try to make a different royal house fit in? I did
26a A high-ranking officer turned left — not general (5)
The A from the clue and the abbreviation for a high-ranking officer reversed (turned) then L(eft)
29a Province historically included in consul’s territory (6)
Kath take note! – this historic province is lurking inside (included in) the clue
1d Animation in shout from some Manchester supporters? (8)
Split as (4,4) this could be a shout from supporters of one of the Manchester football clubs
2d Alternative to match that’s comparatively easy to shift (7)
That’ll be the modern alternative to a match, not the old-fashioned one that I tried to fit in! –
5d In visionary way, decide a list I call, yet not entirely (14)
… another lurker for Kath!
6d Half-heartedly attacked person with convictions (5)
Start with a phrasal verb meaning to attack (4,2) and drop one of the central letters (Half-heartedly)
7d Lie about Conservative policy (7)
One of our usual two-letter words meaning about followed by C(onservative) and a policy or approach
9d Finally attributed blame to sinner wrongly — it’s not provable (14)
A cleverly concealed anagram (wrongly) of the final letter of [attribute]D with BLAME TO SINNER
16d Put back in control, play for time (9)
A four-letter word meaning control or check, as a verb or as a noun, followed by a verb meaning to play for time
17d Repairman set out in error, confused (8)
Anagrams (out and confused respectively) of SET and ERROR are nested, one inside the other
19d Dashing manner of pirate’s enemy enduring pain (7)
The fictional enemy of Captain Hook and his pirates followed by an enduring pain
24d Superior middle-class house in very bad area (5)
V(ery) followed by a word meaning bad and A(rea)
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