Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2840 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Tilsit
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Good morning everyone, the Boss is schmoozing with the Macclesfield set this morning, so I’ve been left with the keys to the shop. It’s the Sunday cryptic and to be fair, I thought today was a little more challenging than usual, but no less enjoyable. I took a little while to find a foothold in the puzzle, but then it was mostly plain sailing.
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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Some hints follow:
1. Reacted to foul play in game, having initiated trick (8)
Like your blogger, our setter has a love of card games, especially bridge. Here we have the name of another card game, similar to bridge and added to it is what you have done if you have played the first card. When put together this gives what a referee may have done after a foul in football.
9 Articles of protective clothing in war are badly needed (8)
Something to have one when the weather’s not very nice is an anagram (badly needed) of IN WAR ARE.
11 Getting better with unorthodox cure, gym activity helping (12)
This is a nice word sum clue. An anagram (unorthodox) of CURE + an abbreviation for the school gym class + a word for a helping or portion. When run together they reveal a word that means getting better after an illness.
13 A learner, in loud argument, raised voice (8)
There are a couple of these clues today. where a phrase (here it’s loud argument) needs to be broken down to form two things. So here you need A & L (a learner) to go inside the musical abbreviation for loud and a phrase (3-2) that refers to a fight. That gives you a type of higher-pitched singing voice.
26 Country’s anger, as expressed in blog? (4)
This is quite a clever clue. The name of a country not to far away can be found by thinking how you would be annoyed on line. The question mark in the clue is telling you to think outside the box with this one. If, for example, you were talking about mail on line, that would be email. So here, you need to work out what anger on line would be and that spells the local name for this country.
27 County having season, as American says, that’s failure (8)
The name for a county north of 26 has the word Americans use for autumn to give a word meaning failure.
28 Test ground with it for authority (8)
The name for our main cricketing venue takes an American 60’s word meaning with it or trendy to give a title associated with authority or the elite.
2 Assisting partner, get ample home partly set up (8)
Wonder how many of you spotted this without checking letters! Our setter loves hidden answer clues and is probably the best in the business for hiding them. He’s done just that here. ‘Partly’ is a way of showing it, and as it’s a down clue, ‘up’ means it’s reversed. So hidden backwards in ‘get ample home’ is something that refers to someone who provides assistance.
3 Marksman notes part of face (12)
The name for a marksman is found by taking a word for some types of musical notes (not flats!) and adding a slang word for the bit on your face that smells.
4 Window that’s needed for theatre opening (6)
Today’s last one in. Not helped by the dreaded double unch – two unchecked letters together. A word for a type of window is what a surgeon may use to make an opening in an operation.
12 Characteristic of close-knit group to understand her point (12)
A word that can’t be applied to our Cabinet at the moment. Again, it’s a word sum: TO + a word meaning to understand + HER + a geographical term for a point or headland – all told, these give a word meaning unity.
17 French citizen having change of air in Spain, possibly (8)
The name for the inhabitant of a certain French city is found by placing an anagram of AIR inside an anagram of SPAIN.
19 New composition for cornet among 101 musical works (8)
A slightly unusual word. Inside the Roman numeral for 101 goes an anagram (new composition) of CORNET to give the output of composers.
25 Utter hero of some central Europeans (4)
The name of a famous folk hero in central Europe is a word that means to utter.
Now, while the boss is away, we have to play nicely. So off you go, and behave yourselves!
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