Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2845 (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 Disorder guarantees pain for elderly person (14)
An anagram (disorder) of GUARANTEES PAIN
10a Hear about old play that doesn’t have happy ending (7)
A three-letter verb meaning to hear a case in court around a word meaning old
11a Catch something that’s over quick (4)
two definitions – a verb meaning to catch and something that is over the quick on one’s finger
14a Bird is spotted, being in hide (6)
IS from the clue inside (spotted being in) a hide or outer covering
17a Republican in dissenting group that’s vulgar or improper (8)
Put R(epublican) inside a dissenting group to get a numerical value that can be vulgar or improper
21a Administer without a split, so it would seem (10)
A verb meaning to administer or utilise around the A from the clue and a split
24a Guilty person‘s argument against opposing one court (7)
An argument, the single letter that represents against, I (one) and the abbreviation for C(our)T
26a Produced glossy cover for bilingual editor? (6-8)
Two languages followed by ED(itor)
1d Supports inferior goods for short time (7)
Once you have worked out that there are three definitions this should be easy
2d Writer’s turned in this article to make a point (6-9)
A cryptic definition of something used to make a point on a writing implement
5d E.g. German or Italian examination a linguist has included (8)
You have to admire how well Virgilius hides (has included) answers in plain sight
7d In which our conclusions are often non-U (8,7)
A cryptic definition of a version of a language that drops the letter U from near the end of a word – for example behavior, color and labor (all of which, I’m pleased to report, were picked up by my spell-checker)
8d Shrub or tree, split by crack going upwards (6)
A three-letter tree around (split by) a crack or attempt, then all reversed (going upwards in a down clue)
16d Toy first pair of children is holding not of the best quality (3-5)
A spinning toy and the first two letters (pair) of CH[ildren] around (holding) NOT from the clue
17d For instance, losing ring — and in street, too — in part of Europe (6)
Start with the first two words in the clue and drop the letter shaped like a ring, the IN and the ST(reet)
23d Site for experiments set up on island, one in Asia (4)
The reversal (set up in a down clue) of the abbreviated form of a site for scientific experiments followed by I(sland) gives an island in Asia
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