Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2827 (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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Our setter is in festive mode this week! Some hints follow:
1a Start of herbaceous border that runs around garden (5)
The initial letter (start) of H[erbaceous] followed by a border
9a Bands, five of which are featured in Christmas song (5)
Our first thematic answer – if you don’t get it now, you probably will when you have worked out the theme
13a Show anger about women’s swan, one of seven (7)
A verb meaning to show anger around W(omen) gives a description of one of our thematic answers
15a Number of those working in dairy — or having a row? (5)
The number of our thematic answers that work on a dairy – or the number who famously row a boat
20a Players having their day, though not in first eleven (8)
These thematic players are not in the first eleven
27a Like ten nobles below, going into spring (7)
What the ten thematic nobles in 34 Across are doing
29a/32a Silly repartee in home of 4 Down (4,4)
An anagram (silly) of REPARTEE gives the thematic home of the answer to 4 Down
31a Half a dozen layers among seasonal gifts (5)
There are six of these in our theme
33a Major work that’s sung after my 6 11 30 (4)
Split as (2,2) this, together with the answers to 6, 11 and 30 across, completes each line of our theme
34a House that’s HQ for sport in London (5)
A house full of one of our thematic nobles and the London HQ of one of our favourite sports
1d Under pressure, ran over nincompoop (8)
A verb meaning ran or sped around (over) a three-letter nincompoop
2d Having a ball, like ladies, one over the eight (7)
What eight plus one of our thematic answers were doing
4d Flier received initially at Christmas (9)
This flier is the first component of our theme
5d Piano put in middle of jetty for musician (5)
Put P(iano) inside a jetty to get this person who, together with a number of others, adds up to 8 Down in our theme
8d 5 and his fellow players counted in cricket side (6)
See 5 Down – or enter the number in a cricket side
12d Number of days in present period (6)
The number of days on which my 6 11 30 33 (2,2) a present
16d Queen’s consort? (6)
… This queen is a feline!
24d Pages penned by writer in verse for sweetheart (6)
P(age) and P(age) inside someone who writes in verse
28d Christmas visitor appearing in strange light (5)
Hidden (appearing in) inside the clue
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