Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2844 (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 Drug dealer with power to do damage is covered by law (10)
P(ower) followed by a verb meaning to do damage to someone and finally IS from the clue inside a law
10a In front of a club, say, place notice (7)
In front of the A from the clue and any of the 13 clubs in a pack put PL(ace)
12a Reduced seasoning, directing attention to sauce (5,8)
Most of a product used as seasoning followed by a verb meaning directing attention to
14a Game with two packs — discarded in a hurry (6)
The two-letter abbreviation for a game in which each of the two sides has a pack followed by a verb meaning discarded
15a A building that’s secure since lock added (8)
A three-letter conjunction meaning since or because followed by (added) a lock of hair
17a For instance, disturb these old people (8)
Did you spot this anagram (disturb) of INSTANCE?
19a Ideal place providing protection for head in university area (6)
An Item of headgear (protection for head), typically but not necessarily, a pith helmet, between U(niversity) and A(rea)
22a Doctor sent in light meal for Leo, for example (13)
An anagram () of SENT inside a word that can mean a light meal taken on fast-days in monasteries
26a Repaired at last, we hear, and disposed of (4)
Sounds like a verb meaning repaired by a cobbler at a last
27a Broken wire in pretty awful office equipment (10)
An anagram (broken) of WIRE inside an anagram (awful) of PRETTY
1d Select best tool for digging (4)
2d Forms congregation supporting key church services (7)
A musical key supported by some church services
7d Shifty first mate holding traveller’s document up (7)
Adam’s partner (first mate) around the reversal (up in a down clue) of a document often needed by a traveller
11d Ruthless businessman, as person on outing, taking groups inside (5-8)
AS from the clue and a person on an outing around (taking … inside) some groups
13d Female American actors collectively appearing in shows (10)
A derogatory American word for a female followed by some groups of (collectively) actors
16d Plenty raised with no particular purpose, showing no emotion (8)
The reversal (raised in a down clue) of a four-letter word meaning plenty followed by an adverb meaning with no particular purpose
18d Screen epic once, albeit not completely (7)
An easily missed hidden word (not completely)
23d Make black fish cleaner (4)
… and another three definitions!
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