Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2824 (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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Some hints follow:
1a Times, reprinted badly, read wrongly (14)
An anagram (badly) of TIMES REPRINTED
10a Put out book with line I added in press (7)
B(ook), L(ine) and the I from the clue inside a verb meaning to press or shove
11a Work in garden, with no tree or bush to prune, finally (3)
In this typical Virgilius clue, a verb meaning to work in the garden with a particular implement comes from the final letters of each of two groups of three words, thus doubling your chances of finding it
12a For amusement, painting etc, in a manner of speaking (11)
The reversal (take back) of a four-letter plural word meaning painting etc. inside a manner of speaking
14a Type scientific publication (6)
Two definitions – the second being a British scientific journal
17a Sound of nocturnal hunter, initially from small branch (8)
The sound made by a nocturnal hunting bird is preceded (initially) by a three-letter word meaning from or away and S(mall)
22a Repeated failure in court, conceding point (6,5)
… this court is a tennis court
27a Clubs chat about what diners require — good reason not to buy something (11,3)
C(lubs) and a three-letter word meaning to chat or discuss around fitness to be eaten (what diners require) and G(ood)
1d Doctor harming records, resulting in dismissal (8,6)
An anagram (doctor) of HARMING RECORDS gives a phrase meaning dismissal from employment
2d Third part in examination might be least hard (7)
Split as (1,2,4) this describes the third letter (part) of the four-letter word meaning examination
4d Nominally important role, so to speak, in modern establishment (6)
What sounds like (so to speak) an important role in an Oscar Wilde play is hidden (in) inside the clue
7d English scholar including it with current version (7)
E(nglish) and a university scholar around (including) IT and the symbol used for electric current
8d University position — risks pinning list up with it (14)
Some risks around (pinning) the reversal (up in a down clue) of a list or register all followed by an adjective meaning “with it”
18d Bat, making fine half-century, say (7)
This verb meaning to bat, one’s eyelids perhaps, comes from a charade of F(ine), a half-century in Roman numerals and a verb meaning to say
20d Man checked, holding one place for author (7)
Put this man that can be checked in a popular board game around (holding) I (one) and PL(ace) to get the surname of a famous author
25d Sign agreement Mafia boss (3)
The sign of agreement comes from the reversal (set up in a down clue) of a Mafia boss
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