Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2838 (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 Put extra weight on small lock (6)
This verb meaning to put extra weight on, in the grammatical sense, is derived from S(mall) followed by a lock of hair
8a Weapon of sailor protecting key material in schooner, perhaps (3,5)
An old-fashioned weapon of the kind wielded by sailors, particularly pirates, around a musical key gives the material from which the kind of schooner that is used for drinks, such as sherry, could be made
12a Powerful Americans exemplified in Harrison Ford’s parts (10)
Harrison and Ford are example of these powerful Americans – Harrison Ford is not, although he once played a fictional one in a film
13a Major figure aligned with reform, easy to shift (7,5)
Clues like this in which one part is an anagram, (with reform) of ALIGNED, and the other is a synonym, in this case of an adjective meaning easy to shift, are often the hardest to solve
16a Published accounts that are hardly creditworthy? (6,6)
A cryptic definition of a section of a publication that is concerned with rumours, not all of which are true, about the lives and loves of well-known people
20a As manual worker, for example, one’s in minority (4-6)
Allegedly a minority of manual workers have this attribute
21a Choice between partners in game was sporting (4)
… these partners are in the game of bridge
24a Unknown in cast making rapid progress (6)
A mathematical unknown inside a cast or throw
25a Sacred verses to be read in class (6)
Two definitions – some sacred verses or portion of Scripture read during a religious service and a class or period of instruction in school
1d They fall for male stars in action movies (8)
A cryptic definition of those paid to perform dangerous feats, such as falls, on behalf of male actors in action movies
3d Make keener and run into form before end of season (7)
Put R(un) inside a form or outline and then add the final letter (end) of [seaso]N
6d For instance, people in last resort divided into sections (9)
The two-letter Latin abbreviation of “for instance” and some people inside an anagram (resort) of LAST
7d Reason judge has foolish type put inside (6)
A verb meaning to judge around (has ,,, put inside) a foolish type of person
9d After some time, craftsman finishing book that’s fascinating (11)
A five-letter period of time followed by a craftsman who applies the finishing touches to a book
15d One politician on right is about to shut up? (8)
Usually Lego® type clues that involve five separate pieces are very clumsy, this one is the exception – I (one) followed by a politician, R(ight), IS from the clue and a two-letter word meaning about or concerning
17d Practising austerity like some Greeks — in this part, anyway (7)
This answer, which is hidden (in) inside the clue, has two separate definitions
21d Sources for English writer or American actor, we hear (5)
These sources of liquids, such as water and oil, are also the surname of an English writer and sound like (we hear) the surname of an American actor
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