Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2830 (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 First-class traveller in vehicle coming back (6)
Put a three-letter commercial traveller inside a commercial vehicle, then reverse the lot (coming back)
4a Device in kitchen occupying more space, we hear (6)
Sounds like (we hear) an adjective meaning occupying more space
We have one like this in our kitchen!
8a Finally looked at variety of maple or other tree (4,4)
I loved this one! – the final letter of [looke]D followed by AT from the clue and an anagram (variety) of MAPLE
11a Make a killing with capital I extracted from Scottish island (4)
Drop the initial letter (capital) from the Scottish island that produces the world’s best whisky
13a Following first eleven — almost time for play (7,5)
The ordinal number that comes after the first eleven followed by a four-letter word meaning almost and T(ime)
16a Doctor, the right kind, who knows best? (6,6)
One of the usual abbreviations for a doctor followed by THE from the clue R(ight) and a kind or type
22a Stop thinking about supporting contract (6)
A three-letter word meaning supporting followed by a verb meaning to contract, as in to contract a disease
25a King and I having views about succession (6)
The Latin abbreviation for a king and the I from the clue inside (having … about) a verb meaning views
1d Naively accepts birds of passage (8)
5d Finish in arena that’s producing tears (7)
A three-letter word meaning finish inside an arena gives a verb meaning producing tears or rips
6d Retaliation as result of change of heart (3,3,3)
Another great clue – the first word and third words have a different middle letter (change of heart)
14d Fruit easy to transport that’s sought by celebrity (9)
A four-letter citrus fruit followed by an adjective that describes something that is easy to transport
17d Pressure good type to go into bank as better adviser (7)
P(ressure) and a the two-letter abbreviation for a good type of person inside a bank or row gives someone who advises betters or gamblers
18d Person having no reason to butt heads with cabinet (7)
A three-letter verb meaning to butt heads with someone followed by a cabinet or box
19d Show me up with superior ornament, in a way (6)
The reversal (show … up in a down clue) of ME followed by a superior or chief
21d Island that’s cold most of month (5)
C(old) followed by most of one of the months of the year
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