Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2846 (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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Some hints follow:
7a Exemplary kind of order for dessert (5-3)
Two definitions – the first being a type of order or arrangement in which everything is neatly in place
11a Country like Norway, Sweden, or Denmark, in which child generally succeeds (8)
A cryptic definition of a type of country, including those given in the clue, in which the head of state is usually succeeded by his or her) child
12a Rugby forward, for certain, disrupted three-quarters, say (6,8)
One of the rugby forwards followed by an anagram (disrupted) of for certain
19a Became hard as rock, kind of (4)
A verb meaning became followed by H(ard) gives a style of rock music (or so I’m informed)
20a Working with numbers, put in ten, as an eight is wrong (14)
These numbers are substances that numb the body and they are derived from an anagram (wrong) of TEN AS AN EIGHT IS
25a Group of animals will, we hear, get over barrier (6)
Sounds like (we hear) a group of animals will (4’2)
28a Odd statue I’d put in position (8)
An anagram (odd) of STATUE I’D
1d Quarrel with son over expected performance on course (4)
S(on) followed by the “expected” score on a golf course – albeit many golfers can only aspire to such a score!
4d Clubs are able to move up, showing spirit (6)
C(lubs) followed by the reversal (up in a down clue) of two words meaning “are able to” and move
8d Star using Circle Line in capital (7)
This star is derived by putting the circular letter and L(ine) inside a capital city
14d Hooligan in area that driver tries to avoid (5)
Two definitions – the second being an area on the golf course
16d In alternative ways, met a person who’s on one’s side (4-4)
An anagram (in alternative way) of MET A followed by a different anagram of the same letters
18d Drug’s stolen recently, in attempt to secure next meal (3,4)
A three-letter drug followed by the S from ‘S and an adjective meaning recently stolen
21d More than a dozen lines providing child with catch (6)
This poem of fourteen lines, which is more than a dozen, is a charade of a male child and a verb meaning to catch
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow’st.
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
22d Run fast, without a stitch (6)
26d A number of Germans produced fiction (4)
Two definitions – a noun meaning a German song and a verb meaning produced fiction or told porkies
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