Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2825 (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 Crew old-fashioned but resolute (4-6)
The crew of a medium sized rowing boat followed by an old-fashioned adjective meaning old-fashioned
10a Old man without energy, a little down (7)
The six-letter word for old man around (without – ouch!) E(nergy) – this down is found on a bird
12a Looking bad, not having what it takes to wrap gift (13)
An adjective meaning not having what it takes around (to wrap) a gift
17a Awfully stupid European introducing another substitute (8)
An anagram (awfully) of STUPID followed by E(uropean) and round (introducing) another E(uropean) gives a verb meaning to act as a substitute
19a Doctor who documented his partner’s cases (6)
A cryptic definition of a Doctor who documented the cases of his partner, a fictional detective
22a Increasing strength I had, surrounded by comfort (13)
The abbreviated form of “I had” inside (surrounded by) a word meaning comfort or sympathy
24a Land on Mediterranean island, one surrounded by fish (7)
One of the abbreviatons for IS(land) and I (one) inside a type of fish
27a Point on south coast enemy finally secured in invaders’ initial objective (6,4)
Put the final letter of [enem]Y inside (secured in) the initial object of a seaborne invasion force
1d Defect in fine piece of legislation (4)
F(ine) followed by a piece of legislation
2d With no strings attached, like diplomat going to New York? (7)
Split as (2,5) this could describe a diplomat going to New York to represent his country at the organisation situated there
5d Soldier‘s turned up to identify large tree (8)
A verb meaning to identify or label followed by L(arge) and a type of tree – all reversed (turned up in a down clue)
7d Before long, seizing front of house to occupy (7)
A phrase meaning before long (2,1,3) around (seizing) the initial letter (front) of H(ouse)
8d Ominously indicating bad news for postprandial drinkers? (10)
Split as (4,6) this could be bad news for those hoping for a postprandial drink
11d As another option, reform in artless fashion over time (13)
A verb meaning to reform or change followed by an adverb meaning in artless fashion around (over) T(ime)
18d Change including a new way to express remorse (7)
Some small change (in the UK) around the A from the clue and N(ew) – the key to solving this clue is working out where the wordplay ends and the definition starts (which I’ve done for you!)
20d When setter next appears, making newspaper improve? (7)
This setter reappears at this time every day of the year! – a tabloid newspaper is followed by a verb meaning to improve
23d Centrepiece of package deals for elderly (4)
Hidden (centrepiece) bang in the middle of two words in the clue
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