Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2829 (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 Contribution to disorder as calculating mischief-maker (6)
Were you fooled by the first clue having a hidden answer?
10a From which you might get oil in USA — area that’s near Mississippi (9)
An anagram (from which you might get) of OIL IN USA A(rea)
11a Broken article placed on end of desk (5)
The indefinite article and a verb meaning placed are preceded (on in an across clue) the final letter (end) of [des]K
13a Waiting for start of action in court (7)
Two definitions – waiting in, say, a restaurant and the start of action in a tennis court
20a Person still being portrayed as problem (5)
Two definitions – the first being someone being still while being portrayed by an artist
26a Loud, isn’t hard to hear (5)
The musical notation for loud followed by a a colloquial word for “isn’t”
27a Step up on one side of debate (9)
Split as (3,6) this could mean being on one side of a debate
28a Was a pest of different type found in part of garden? (8)
An adjective meaning of different type inside a three-letter part of a garden
29a Avoid or escape key cut (6)
The abbreviation found on the escape key on the computer keyboard followed by a verb meaning to cut
1d Banking on weapon that’s protecting one (8)
The usual two-letter word meaning on or concerning followed by a weapon around I (one)
5d Movement that’s raised skill and physical activity in people (14)
The reversal of a three-letter word meaning skill followed by a physical activity or recreation inside a people or race
6d Epitome of stiffness in game (5)
Fill in the blank – “As stiff as a _____”
7d Turn over detail of school uniform that gives head fit (7)
Split as (3,4) this gives a measure that ensures an item of school uniform fits on the head
9d Drink after first piece reduces energy — that limits star’s appearance (7,7)
An alcoholic drink follows the first piece (4,1) and is followed by a verb meaning reduces and E(nergy)
16d Haughty and irreverent around ruler (9)
An adjective meaning irreverent around the regnal cipher for our ruler
17d Mint and cinnamon, finally, included in concoction (5-3)
The AND from the clue and the final letter of [cinnamo]N inside a concoction
21d Servile as prodigal son, to begin with (7)
An adjective meaning prodigal or wasteful preceded by (to begin with) S(on)
24d Characteristic of feet as measure of length (5)
These feet are divisions of a line of poetry
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