Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2832 (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 Dropped litter — reacted with alarm (3,7)
This litter has been dropped by a female cat!
6a A score of forty, say, in part of match (4)
The fraction that a score is of forty!
9a Instrument Mary found abandoned at sea (7)
When preceded by Mary this musical instrument gives a cargo ship that was found abandoned in the North Atlantic in December 1872 – and if you thought that the first word in the name of the ship was spelt differently you have fallen victim of the account of the mystery that was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1884
15a Cupid, for example, said to govern love (8)
This Cupid was one of Santa’s team, along with Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen et al – what sounds like (said) a verb meaning to govern and a word meaning love or darling
17a Attitude I had about main ruler of Greeks (8)
Looks complicated, but it’s just a charade of an attitude or stance, the shortened form of “I had” and a two-letter word meaning about – the main here is the sea
19a Consort with drunkard around front of pub (6)
Consort here is a noun meaning a partner – put a North American drunkard around the initial letter (front) of P[ub]
22a Sympathetic travel guide they oddly found going round island (13)
An instrument (guide) used by travellers in the days before satellite navigation followed by the odd letters of T[h]E[y] around a Scottish island
27a Means to shape opinion and support a country short of capital (10)
A four-letter support is followed by the A from the clue and a country without (short of) its initial (capital) letter
1d In a way, get ready for wine (4)
One way to obtain some ready money!
2d Scornfully criticised rising that makes us free (7)
Start with a verb meaning scornfully criticised and reverse it – words like this are known as semordnilaps and there is a page in The Mine about them
3d Section removed from main sign if I can, though it’s not important (13)
I just hope that Kath gets to see this superb lurker which spans no less than six words!
5d They do work that’s legal, like about 92% of the population (8)
Split as (3,5) this describes the eleven twelfths (91.66 recurring / about 92%) of the population that have a different star sign
8d Quick to secure a book where stuff may go cheaply (4,6)
A five-letter adjective meaning quick around the A from the clue and a book of the New Testament
13d They include money for workers to put tar on boats (3-7)
A three-letter verb meaning to smear a wooden boat with tar followed by some boats used to carry, for example, letters
16d Weigh argument against party on right (8)
A three-letter word meaning against followed by a party of faction and R(ight)
21d Bit of change in the air? It could go either way (4-2)
This act of throwing a coin (bit of change) into the air could result in either heads or tails (go either way)
23d Imitating flier many reproduced (4)
This bird (flier) that can be taught to imitate human speech is an anagram (reproduced) of MANY
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