Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2831 (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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Some hints follow:
1a Revised consumer poll, a new service for readers (8,6)
An anagram (revised) of CONSUMER POLL A N(ew) gives a service for readers of newspapers
9a One who inherits as learner, for example, a place on course (7)
A straightforward charade of L(earner), the Latin abbreviation of “for example”, the A from the clue and a place on the golf course
11a Odd question spelled out as to identity of spy chief (3)
Spell out the answer to get a question as to the identity of the spy chief who is James Bond’s boss
12a After short time managed visit as arranged that takes one through country (7,4)
Start with T(short time) then after that put a three-letter verb meaning managed and an anagram (arranged) of VISIT AS
15a Where VW can be found, we hear? It’s said to yield right of way (5,3)
Sound like (we hear) where V and W can be found in the alphabet
19a Stroll past river, or walk in countryside (6)
A verb meaning to stroll follows (past) R(iver)
22a Letters he has written about awful danger, i.e. explosive device (4,7)
Spell out the letters HE (1,3,1) and then insert an anagram (awful) of DANGER
27a Release many exotic species initially tethered, including feline that’s wild (14)
This one takes a bit of unravelling – a four-letter verb meaning to release followed by the initial letters of three words in the clue and then a verb meaning tethered around (including) a three-letter feline
1d Puritanical settlers in terrible plight fire arms (7,7)
An anagram (terrible) of PLIGHT FIRE ARMS
3d First-class contribution by batsmen in middle of trip (11)
A contribution by two batsmen towards the total score inside (in middle of) a trip – and it really is in the middle, so insert the batsmen’s contribution after the first three letters of the six-letter trip
4d In more sensible area, set up venues for big events (6)
Start with a five-letter adjective meaning more sensible, add A(rea) then reverse (set up in a down clue) the lot
5d Finishes work on Jersey or Guernsey and prepares to sail away (5,3)
Two definitions – Jersey and Guernsey are types of knitwear, not islands or cattle
6d Retrieving animal from research facility (3)
… I bet Gazza got this one quickly!
7d Fish outside provided it’s calm (7)
A brightly-coloured tropical fish around (outside) a two-letter word meaning provided
8d A certain arrangement of sail in fashion that’s novel (8,6)
The A from the clue, a four-letter word meaning certain and an anagram (arrangement) of SAIL all inside a fashion or vogue
21d Section including rook, duck, and another bird (6)
A section around the chess notation for rook and O (duck)
25d Stated number in addition (3)
Sounds like (stated) a cardinal number
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