Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2850 (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 A bad return, with debt, ruined livelihood (5-3-6)
An anagram (ruined) of A BAD RETURN with DEBT
11a Strong position seen in one part of London paper, initially (4)
One of the two initial letters of a London financial newspaper could be expressed in this way (1,2,1)
12a Recovered, having brought in one’s specialist for treatment after break (10)
An adjective meaning recovered or improving around (having brought in) ONE’S
17a Got through part of year as wife in the red without husband (8)
W(ife) followed by IN T[H]E RED without the H(usband)
18a What makes diamond something useful when dating? (6)
When followed by dating, this element, one form of which is diamond, gives a useful process when dating organic material
21a Is a bit less wobbly? (10)
This anagram (wobbly) of IS A BIT LESS gives a verb meaning is a bit less wobbly or more steady [Thanks Gazza, I missed the anagram]
25a Soft leather is relatively satisfactory? (7)
Split as (4,3) this could mean is satisfactory and relatives, hence “is relatively satisfactory”, although, in my opinion, this is one of Virgilius’s weaker clues
26a It’s quickly run away from when fired (8,6)
A cryptic definition of a device used to begin a race
1d Cheese provided nourishment — gave instructions in case (7)
A French cheese followed by a verb meaning provided nourishment
2d Be covering up for each current mad scientist (15)
A five-letter verb meaning to be around a word meaning “for each”, the symbol for electric current and an adjective meaning mad
4d Naval hero injured more than once in hold when fighting (6)
6d Beat first of teams in friendly of little significance (10)
A three-letter verb meaning to beat followed by the initial (first) letter of T[eams] inside an adjective meaning friendly
13d Female trapped by foreigner after exchange of two letters — that could be a pointer (10)
The answer is all there in the clue – F(emale) inside FOREIGNER with two of the letters swapped around
17d Is taken in by setter’s direction, extremely clever (6)
… this setter is not the compiler but the sun!
20d Veteran on board turns up without notice (3,3)
The reversal of some turns or attempts around (without) a two-letter notice – my dislike of without meaning surrounding is well documented
23d Highly elusive monster still on island (4)
This monster which is said to live in the highest part of the Himalayas comes from a charade of an adverb meaning still followed by I(sland)
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