Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2828 (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.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow:
7a Transfer deal’s beginning in European city (8)
Put the initial letter (beginning) of D[eal] inside the Anglicised spelling of a European city
10a Provide inspiration for puzzle (6)
Split as (2,4) this means to provide inspiration for an artist, poet etc.
12a Grasping it, smart sailor receives easy marks (7,7)
Put (grasping) IT inside a verb meaning to smart or hurt then add our usual three-letter sailor and a verb meaning receives
15a Computer user should ignore this inferior option in menu (4)
Two definitions –emails that are unwanted by a computer user and an inferior item of on the menu in a Monty Python sketch
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17a Note unaltered when sent back (5)
… because it’s a palindrome
19a Lacking determination as yet, in low temperature (4)
This adjective meaning as yet undetermined is a charade of a verb meaning to low like a cow and T(emperature)
20a Open location from time to time for form of education (8,6)
Two definitions – the location of the Open Golf Championship, from time to time, and a form of education
25a In dramatic scene, how players get sent off (6)
A cryptic definition of a direction in a drama that the players should all leave the stage – in The Winter’s Tale they are famously pursued by a bear!
28a One in position on board to help mate, perhaps (8)
A cryptic definition of a piece on a board game in which “mate” is the ultimate aim
1d Container, for instance (4)
Two definitions – a container and an instance or example
2d Tune from band that’s oddly deficient? Exactly (6)
This verb meaning to tune, for example, an engine is a charade of the even letters (that’s oddly deficient) of a word in the clue and an adverb meaning exactly
3d Fellow with chair for female (4)
A word meaning “for” followed by F(emale)
6d Like people around one, making negative comments (10)
A two-letter word meaning like followed by some people around I (one)”
18d China concealing revolutionary weapon (7)
A china or pal around (concealing) Crosswordland’s favourite revolutionary
22d Like lying for crowned head, hard? (6)
A cryptic reference to a line from Henry IV, Part II – the one that ends ” … lies the head that wears a crown”
24d Rugby player that may be picked after key loss (4)
Two definitions – a rugby forward and something that has to be picked if the key has been lost
26d Close section of exhibition early, or phone artist (4)
Hidden (section of) not once, but twice, inside the clue
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