Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2847 (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 Altered course in spring (6)
An easy anagram (altered) of COURSE to get you started
10a Add to what’s on page in report to be rewritten, inserting verse (9)
An anagram (to be rewritten) of IN REPORT around (inserting) V(erse)
11a Whisky from Islay and a different island (5)
The type of whisky for which Islay is famous (my personal favourite is Bunnahabhain, closely followed by Laphroaig and Lagavulin) then the A from the clue
12a Negligent on parking — that’s what starts argument (7)
An adjective meaning negligent preceded by (on in an across clue) P(arking)
15a Where to locate lots of fliers, by means of putting sign outside (8)
A preposition meaning by means of with a sign of the zodiac outside
20a Support with work backing speakers’ positions (5)
Some support and a musical work all reversed (backing) – note that the answer is plural!
27a Became green, supposedly, holding fuel back as foreseen (9)
Green is the colour associated with a certain emotion, so put a verb meaning became green around the reversal of a three-letter type of fuel
29a Person working on text partly changed it, originally (6)
This one is lurking (partly) in the clue – well done if you spotted it before reading this hint
1d Raised a lot of money with hotel worker for strike (8)
Start with the reversal (raised in a down clue) of a lot of money and add a hotel worker, usually a young male
3d Mediterranean island crop one delivered in early January (9)
A Mediterranean island followed by a cereal crop gives the birth sign of a child delivered in early January, or late December
5d Employee expecting to get this for labour? (9,5)
… and this is what a parent of the child in the previous clue could expect to receive
6d Create stink over article prone to being erroneous (5)
A three-letter stink followed by the indefinite article – this setter loves these references to proverbs
8d Ramshackle dwelling for number of crewmen (6)
Two definitions – the number being, in this case, a song
16d Visibly embarrassed about English journalists being put down (9)
The colour associated with being embarrassed around E(nglish) and a word for journalists collectively
21d Drawing of man that might become king (7)
This man is a piece in a board game, but not, on this occasion, chess
24d Without any qualifications, say (5)
Two definitions – an adjective meaning without any qualifications, total or absolute and a verb meaning to say or speak
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