Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2841 (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:
7a Weapon to do what warning shot should (8)
To understand the wordplay, split the answer as (5,3) and pronounce the second word as a part of a ship rather than as a weapon
9a Company that is including reasonable person who’s smart, for example (6)
CO(mpany) and the Latin abbreviation for that is around a word meaning reasonable or satisfactory
10a Rebuttal rejected in breaking agreement (6)
The reversal of IN inside (breaking) a business agreement
17a It’s not included in seven-piece suite for den (5)
The only planet not included in the seven-piece suite by Gustav Holst
Have you heard this electronic version by Isao Tomita?
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20a Rendered ecstatic way of thinking about one display of emotion (14)
A four-letter verb meaning rendered ecstatic and a way of thinking around I (one)
25a A vehicle seen in the middle of that capital (6)
The A from the clue and a commercial vehicle inside the inner (middle) letters of [t]HA[t]
27a Point that is most comprehensive (6)
A compass point followed by the full Latin phrase meaning that is
28a Subversive activity as result of small issue (8)
S(mall) followed by an issue or version
1d Part of our generation also featuring in bourgeois press (4)
In this typical Brian Greer clue he has hidden the answer not once but twice
2d Like positive responses from some Europeans in this town (6)
A two-letter word meaning like followed by two positive responses as spoken by the locals in this Italian town
3d Nothing I had heard from monarch is outstanding (4)
O (nothing) followed by the abbreviated version of how Queen Victoria might have said “I had”
6d Higgins, perhaps, outrageously toying with miss (10)
This anagram (outrageously) of TOYING with MISS gives a word which could be (perhaps) applied to Professor Henry Higgins in Shaw’s Pygmalion (or My Fair Lady if you prefer the film to the play)
16d Victorian painter in no position to paint seascape? (8)
Split the surname of this Victorian painter as (4,4) to work out why he is in the wrong position to paint a seascape
18d Put in shade, came out of one’s shell (7)
Two definitions – the first being shaded with fine, usually diagonal, intersecting lines
22d Frivolous conduct — it’s covered by tax (6)
the IT from the clue inside a tax or duty
26d Gas one mixed with nitrogen, in either order (4)
An anagram (mixed) of ONE followed or preceded, but not both at the same time, by the chemical symbol for Nitrogen
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