Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2842 (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 Welcomed youth in part, giving amusing performance (6)
Our first lurker (in part) – can you find the other two?
4a What things are offered for sale under
Two definitions – once the split between the two definitions has been identified it becomes a lot easier
11a Small kind of whale in boat (4)
S(mall) followed by a female whale – the male is a bull!
12a Is part of monastery surrounded by a lot of work by various writers? (10)
IS from the clue and that part of a monastery occupied by a monk inside (surrounded by) a word meaning a lot
13a Location of university that has courses old and new, of good character? (5,7)
A rather different kind of triple definition – as a town it is the location of a university, as a golf course it has an old course and a new one and as a possessive noun it means of a specific good person
21a Refer to spot or position in hearing (4)
Sounds like (in hearing) a spot, and spelt differently, sounds like a position
23a Salvages, switching odds twice for gambling centre (3,5)
Switch the 1st and 3rd letters (odds once) then the 5th and 7th (odds twice)
25a Venerated party embraced by a left-winger (6)
A two-letter party between (embraced by) the A from the clue and a left-winger
1d It divides churches present for confab (8)
IT from the clue between CH(urch) and CH(urch) and followed by a two-letter word meaning preset
2d Parrot initially mimics a call of another bird (5)
The initial letter of M[imic] followed by the A from the clue and the call of a bird such as a crow
3d Hat raised to entitled female? That’s a problem (7)
The reversal (raised) of an archaic three-letter word for a hat followed by the female whose name forms the title of a popular novel
6d Ethical authority has spoken, interrupting someone mean (9)
An adjective meaning spoken inside a mean person
14d In strange sense, city must, as producer of invention? (9)
This anagram (strange) of SENSE CITY gives something which is the mother (producer) of invention in a well know saying
15d Got out of hospital, not in the right direction (8)
Split as (4,4) it means got out of hospital, as (8) it means not going to the right
17d Gallery in museum entered by monarch (7)
A London museum (1,3,1) around (entered by) the regnal cipher of our monarch
21d About tragic role that’s easily interpreted (5)
The single-letter Latin abbreviation for about followed by the eponymous tragic king in a famous play by Shakespeare
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