Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2836 (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 A healthy exercise, in accordance with principles of state (14)
Two definitions – the first being a walk for the benefit of one’s health
9a Male is discarded, in part inappropriately (7)
M(ale) and IS followed by a verb meaning discarded gives an adjective meaning in the wrong part in a play
10a Clear bishop completely in court action (7)
Alternative version: Clear everyone over time in court action
A 3-letter word meaning clear (of deductions), the chess notation for Bishop and a word meaning completely – and the court in which the action appears is not a “hall of justice”
Alternative version: the first part: clear (of deductions) and everyone are OK but to have them around (over) time doesn’t work – I see another apology on its way!
15a Bearing a load we had crew put inside (8)
The abbreviated form of “we had” around the crew of a particular type of rowing boat (the one used in the Boat Race)
17a Run away from dog after attack (4,4)
A verb meaning to dog or follow preceded by an attack or fit of illness
22a Female in a company with musical backing? That’s right (11)
F(emale) inside the A from the clue and a four-letter company or business followed by the reversal of a famous musical
24a Limited flow in river accommodated by fish, in a way (7)
R(iver) inside (accommodated by) one way to fish
26a Handlers of football teams answer with whoppers after game (7)
A(nswer) and some whoppers or untruths preceded by (after) a two-letter board game
27a With which some Asians cover bulb for garden plant (7,7)
While this could be what these Asians use to cover a light bulb it’s usually a candle – one of my childhood favourite garden plants that my father used to grow
1d Tory PM’s main cut upset his extreme opponents (9,5)
An anagram (upset) of TORY PM’S MAIN CUT
2d Obtains inside information set up for savings (4,3)
A four-letter verb meaning obtains inside some information, all reversed (set up in a down clue)
3d He orchestrates tributes to rebuilt team’s star (11)
TO from the clue followed by an anagram (rebuilt) of team’s star
5d Piece of music I put in frantic tempo (4,4)
Put the full number represented by I in Roman numerals inside an anagram (frantic) of TEMPO
6d Public mouthpiece? (3)
… this one is lurking, -piece, inside the clue
13d Trickery from cricket side remained out of order (11)
A side of the cricket pitch followed by an anagram (out of order) of REMAINED
18d Service with angle that’s somewhat disreputable (7)
Alternative version: Somewhat disreputable service attached to school (7)
A three-letter military service followed by a verb meaning to angle with rod and line
Alternative version: A three-letter military service followed by the aquatic creatures that are known collectively as a school
21d Watch over writing, say, for old poet (6)
A watch or period of keeping awake during the time usually spent asleep around how wRiting is represented in a common phrase
25d Not altogether cordial relations (3)
Most of an adjective meaning cordial or good-hearted
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