Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2835 (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 Someone waiting for person to start court action (6)
… this action is on the tennis court
4a I admit grasping zero, being this? (8)
The I from the clue and a verb meaning to admit or concede around (grasping) a two-letter word meaning a zero amount
12a Bring back spiritual teaching with part of Bible (7)
Some spiritual teaching, usually in school, followed by a (small) part of the Bible
13a Like work of most poets, but not Keats and Yeats (7)
An adjective that describes the work of most poets does not apply to the names Keats and Yeats – just say them aloud
15a Select a revised time for programme to be seen (8)
Simple, but easy to miss – an anagram (revised) of SELECT A followed by T(ime)
25a He deserts the cause in act of betrayal (7)
Drop (deserts) the letters HE from T[HE] and then add a cause
27a Financial expert giving author clear forecast? (9)
… split the answer as (3) for the author’s surname and (2,4) for the clear forecast
28a Relax call to fix fiddle or racket (8)
A four-letter verb meaning to relax followed by a call on the telephone
29a This is where you’ll find the ultimate in unorthodoxy? (6)
When the answer to this all-in-one clue is split as (4’1,1) it describes where you’ll find the final letter (ultimate) in [unorthodox]Y
1d Like stars in team, given genuine support (8)
A team is followed (supported in a down clue) by an adjective meaning genuine
2d Pick up and put on new jacket for work (7)
Two definitions – to pick up or get better and put a new jacket on a printed work
5d A line is included by peer group in comprehensive statement (14)
Put A L(ine) and IS inside a peer group of people of similar age
6d In strange way, sordid play is so lacking in characters (5)
Work out in which way characters are to be dropped (lacking) from “sordid play” to get the answer
8d Temperature affected by storm and low pressure area (6)
T(emperature) followed by an adjective meaning affected by storm
16d Meat dish, in part, inferior to second in container (9)
A part in a play or film preceded by (inferior to) S(econd) inside a container
17d Protected by soldier, I don’t leave chief supporter (8)
I from the clue inside (protected by) a three-letter soldier and followed by a word meaning don’t leave
21d Celebratory showing of test, live, after openers dismissed (7)
In this typical Virgilius clue, drop (after … dismissed) the initial letters (openers) from three words in the clue
22d Tea served up to a point, and different drink to follow (6)
An informal word for tea and the first half (up to a point) of SER[ved]
24d Secure chest, having no upper limit for bid (5)
Drop (having no) the initial letter (upper limit) from a secure chest
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