Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2826 (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 Chemical used by cook a lot discoloured him (6,8)
An anagram (badly) of DISCOLOURED HIM
9a Crime of person who sells property of others (7)
The OF from the clue followed by a person who (buys and) sells the property of others
10a State of some South Americans, mostly furious when constricted? (7)
Most of an adjective meaning furious inside (when constricted) a creature that is famous for constricting
14a Everything contained in spam etc wrong for customer (6)
All (everything) of the inner letters (contained in) of three words in the clue
17a Without energy, having nothing to eat? Just the opposite (8)
Around (without) E(nergy) place a verb meaning having nothing to eat to get the opposite of having nothing to eat
18a Is concerned about one problem seen in oral examination (6)
A verb meaning is concerned about around I (one) gives a problem that a dentist might see during an oral examination
24a Coarse material in book youngster returned (7)
A book of the New Testament followed by a youngster, all reversed (returned)
26a Initial survey, study set in period of cultural renewal (14)
A three-letter verb meaning to study inside a period of cultural renewal
1d Second best doctor accepting a temporary solution (7)
S(econd) followed by an adjective meaning best and a local doctor, the latter around (accepting) the A from the clue
2d The elite, in fact, ride all over the place (8,7)
Virgilius in deceitful mode – an anagram (all over the place) of ELITE IN FACT RIDE
4d Keen to embrace that female in bright red (6)
A verb meaning to keen or weep around a pronoun meaning “that female”
6d Logical about European line, concerning how connections are made (10)
An adjective meaning logical around E(uropean) and L(ine)
7d Greater variety I had turned up, covering poet’s work (15)
The reversal (turned up in a down clue) of the abbreviated form of “I had” followed by a general word for the work produced by a poet
16d Shared income cut, and money doubly so (2,6)
INCOM[e] without its final letter (cut) followed by MON[ey] with its final two letters cut (doubly so)
19d Create colony around a port on Pacific (7)
A verb meaning to create a colony around the A from the clue
23d Greek deity in Egyptian port set up (4)
This senior Greek deity is derived by reversing (set up in a down clue) an Egyptian port
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