Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2834 (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:
7a Bachelor with partner husband loves — what a commotion! (8)
A delightful charade of B(achelor), a four-letter partner, H(usband) and two of the letters that look like a zero score in tennis (loves)
9a I concur about copper’s shrewdness (6)
A four-letter word meaning “I concur” or “so be it” around the chemical symbol for copper
11a Wren’s building is in sacred setting, I assure you! (8)
The “building” in which a wren (the capitalisation is a deception created by placing the word at the beginning of the clue) lives inside (in … setting) an adjective meaning sacred
12a Business dependent on intensive stock control (7,7)
A cryptic definition of this business which involves the intensive control of stock, in the sense of animals, in order to achieve maximum production
19a Affected by cold, one may run under bridge (4)
The part of the body which can become runny as the result of a cold
20a Poorly perform again in front of head, showing lack of education (14)
A three-letter adjective meaning poorly followed by a verb meaning to perform again and a head or cape
23a Occurs, as such, after middle of radio broadcast (8)
A two-letter verb meaning occurs followed by the Latin phrase meaning “as such” or “in itself” (3,2) and preceded by the middle letter of [ra]D[io}
25a Soldier attending major film (6)
Split this clue in the right place and the double definition should become more obvious
28a Detailed description one put before people, for example (8)
The four-letter abbreviated form of a word for a detailed description followed by I (one) and a three-letter word meaning people
1d Amount of power in what one hears (4)
This derived SI unit of power sounds like (one hears) what
3d Bunk in toolshed, oddly selected quarters (4)
This one is a bit different – divide TO OL SH ED into quarters and select the odd ones
4d Way in which royalty supports author (6)
This way or method is derived by putting our Queen’s regnal cipher (royalty) after the surname of a German author
8d Monotonous rhymes for some (7)
A charade of two words (3,4) that rhyme with some
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13d Money-grubbing article, full of malice about a king (10)
Indefinite article followed by an adjective meaning full of malice around the A from the clue and the Latin abbreviation for king
18d Each food provided is as it should be (7)
EA(ch) followed by a word for food provided in a restaurant or household gives an adjective meaning how food should be
22d Fool making different points with it each time (6)
Start with a compass point followed by IT from the clue and then a different compass point followed by IT
24d Moderate repeatedly taking part in ceasefire, as expected (4)
… if you’ve solved previous Virgilius puzzles you will recognise this way of hiding the answer (taking part in) not once, but twice (repeatedly)
26d State requirement for sentence being cut (4)
One of the main requirements needed to construct a sentence (1,4) without its final letter (cut)
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