Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2843 (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 Form of communication, usually kept short, that could be remote, clinical (10,4)
An anagram (could be) of REMOTE CLINICAL
10a Confused mixture put right in distant past (7)
The first time I encountered this word meaning a confused mixture was when former Prime Minister Harold Wilson used it to denounce a book by Joe Haines (remember the Lavender List scandal?) – put R(ight) between words meaning distant and past
11a Choose to back, seizing power (3)
It’s easy to get this one wrong – it’s not a lurker but a reversal (back) of TO around (seizing) P(ower)
14a Top or formerly highly-rated player, we hear (6)
The definition is a verb meaning to top or surpass and is derived from a word meaning formerly and what sounds like (we hear) a highly-rated tennis player
15a Most unorthodox partnership that is securing runs (8)
Two bridge partners (my first thought was a pronoun) and the unabbreviated Latin phrase for “that is” around (securing) R(uns)
17a After vacation, place is not this busy (8)
Two definitions – think about it!
22a Neatly fitting small decorative features around old volume (11)
Some small decorative features around O(ld) and V(olume)
23a Vessel that reappears in our next return journey (3)
… don’t you just love the way our setter hides a three-letter word not once, not twice but three times in the clue
27a In earnest way, holding ‘er hand, off and on (14)
An adverb meaning in an earnest way around (holding) ‘ER from the clue and a four-letter a colloquial word for a hand
1d For some monastic groups, what leader of mission opens? (8,6)
This could me what Ethan Hunt opens before undertaking his impossible mission!
2d Wandering sailor capsized, taken on board by Viking explorer (7)
The reversal (capsized in a down clue) of one of our usual words for a sailor inside () the first name of a famous Viking explorer – did you see the recent Dan Snow documentary about the Vikings?
3d Youngster carrying foreign currency, parking in dangerous place (7,4)
A three-letter word for a very small child around (carrying) some foreign currency and P(arking)
5d Grass planted among grain for merchant (8)
… it took me quite a while to spot this lurker (planted among)
6d Injure in attack with bow raised (3)
The reversal (raised) of a verb meaning to attack with the bow of a ship
7d Assume the speaker opposes ending of debate (7)
A phrase that could mean the speaker (first person) opposes (1’1,4) followed by the final letter (ending) of [debat]E
8d How points on the line are distinguished (14)
… the line here is the equator
20d Traveller I spotted entering French city on time (7)
The I from the clue inside (entering) a French city and followed by T(ime)
25d In other words, compressing carbon to produce diamonds (3)
The Latin abbreviation for “in other words” or “that is” around (compressing) the chemical symbol for Carbon gives a a colloquial word for diamonds
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