Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2848 (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.
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.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow:
1a Refinement of manners and language (6)
Two definitions – the first being, according to Chambers Thesaurus, cultivation, class, breeding or sophistication
4a Round the bend in a river, a collection of warships (6)
An adjective meaning round the bend or insane inside the A from the clue, R(iver) and the other A from the clue
8a Informative programme giving directions to players (8)
All four compass directions are followed by the list of players in a dramatic production
10a Stuff Mad Hatter had crazily taken out (6)
Start with MAD HATTER and drop (taken out) the assorted letters (crazily) of HAD
13a Recovering from cold after drinks in sisters’ house (12)
C(old) comes after some alcoholic drinks and then is inserted into the house for religious sisters
20a 50 per cent of group at riot is milking state support (10)
… yet another way of indicating a lurker!
22a Plane up in the air? Keep quiet about it (6)
This verb meaning to plane a piece of wood is derived by putting an adjective meaning up in the air or controversial inside (about it) an exhortation to keep quiet
25a Political group including left, up to a point (6)
A political group around (including) L(eft)
1d Portrayed, in a way, with no end of artistry, one animal after another? (8)
This anagram (in a way) of PORTRA[Y]ED without the final letter (end) of [artistr]Y gives an animal that is after or hunting another – the surface reading seems to be referring to Noah’s Ark!
2d Powerful cutting device initially constructed (5)
This word for this powerful cutting device is an acronym, just as radar is derived from RAdio Detection And Ranging
5d Like Italian, for example, from Cremona, originally (7)
This general name for the vernacular languages that developed out of popular Latin, such as Italian, is an anagram (originally) of CREMONA
6d Genuine article secured by relative in charge (9)
The definite article inside (secured by) a relative and followed by the abbreviation for In Charge
7d Works to improve bill, say — it happens as PM arrives (6)
This verb meaning works to improve a bill in the House of Commons, when split (2,4), could describe the time of the day when PM arrives
9d One of our competitors running holiday home scheme (4-7)
The name of one of the Telegraph’s competitors followed by a verb meaning running
15d Toughness of points covering fundamental truth (8)
Two points of the compass followed by (covering in a down clue) a fundamental truth
21d For sake of argument, assume one’s not unemployed? (5)
This verb meaning to assume as true for argument’s sake is derived by putting I (one) in a job (one is not unemployed)
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