Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2837 (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 Wretched strikes I had backed (6)
The reversal (back) of some strikes and the abbreviated form of “I had”
4a What’s absurd about clubs having boxer, perhaps, as guard? (8)
An anagram (absurd) of WHAT around (about) C(lubs) and followed by the type of animal of which a boxer is an example (perhaps)
10a Affected by moving air, part of orchestra’s shed tears (9)
A section (part) of an orchestra followed by the S from ‘S and a verb meaning shed tears
13a Scottish author runs into obstacle (7)
The surname of the Scottish author who wrote one of the best-known books for children followed by R(uns)
15a Very nice answer within one’s competence put right in (8)
A(nswer) followed by an adjective meaning within one’s competence around (put … in) R(ight)
20a Returning thus in performance in title role (5)
A two-letter word meaning thus inside a performance, all reversed (returning) gives the title role in a famous opera
26a A permit legally voided — in a way that’s how it should be (5)
The A from the clue followed by P[ermi]T and L[egall]Y without their inner letters (voided)
29a At the same time that learner enters game (6)
L(earner) inside a card game
1d Attach less importance to drink and fun (8)
A verb meaning to drink, often in one go, followed by some fun or amusement
2d Doing wrong part of test, putting final piece first (7)
Start with part of a test cricket match and move its final letter to the beginning
5d Person taking responsibility for their life who doesn’t believe in ghosts? (14)
… this person doesn’t believe in using ghost writers in order to tell their life story
7d Remove human expertise from workplace in poor shape (7)
A charade of a workplace in an office and an adjective meaning in poor shape
8d Key admission for those in certain class (6)
A musical key followed by a word meaning admission or access
9d High-ranking strategist with mostly moral attitude, having multiple job applications (7-7)
A high-ranking military strategist followed by most of an adjective meaning moral and an attitude of the kind taken up by an artist’s model
17d Tough sergeant, say, time after time breaking soldier (8)
T(ime) follows )after) T(ime) inside (breaking) a soldier who serves on board a ship
22d Rising in revolt over conflict diamonds (6)
A two-letter adverb meaning in revolt followed by a major conflict and D(iamonds)
24d Composer whose pieces could come in handy (5)
An anagram of (whose pieces could come in) HANDY
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