Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2854 (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 Typical cathartic cries when agitated (14)
An anagram (when agitated) of CATHARTIC CRIES
11a Unfriendly — reason’s clear to me when you spell it out (3)
Spell out each of the letters in the answer to get a phrase meaning the reason is clear to me
12a Apple changed many things about computer, finally (6,5)
An anagram (changed) of MANY THINGS around the final letter of [compute]R
14a Place for putting European or English author (6)
Isn’t the English language fun at times – putting can mean placing and hitting a golf ball – so start with a place for putting a golf ball and add either the abbreviation of E(uropean) or that for E(nglish)
17a Nothing broken when protected by railway with vigour (8)
Put O (nothing) and a four-letter word meaning broken inside the three-letter abbreviation of railway
22a Made move that’s bad and frets about blunder (11)
An anagram (bad) of AND FRETS around a blunder
24a Bad driver had crashed, having run rings around good (4,3)
An anagram (crashed) of HAD inside (having … around) R(un) and two of the ring-shaped letters all followed by G(ood)
27a Performers of moving service for victims (9,5)
A cryptic definition of a group of people who carry injured from the field of battle (or perhaps the football field!)
1d Part of train coming back — it’s necessary at end of line (8,6)
A part of a passenger train followed by a word meaning a coming back gives what happens at the end of a line of typing
5d European moved quickly to admit Arab (8)
A three-letter verb meaning moved quickly around (to admit) a national from a country in the Arabian peninsular
7d Like part of Mont Blanc — south of it, a climber almost falls (7)
Below (south of in a down clue) IT place the A from the clue and most of a climbing plant
8d Work in theatre performed with minimal cuts (7,7)
A cryptic definition of a procedure carried out in the operating theatre which minimises the number of incisions
16d Reacting sensitively as some work — in charge, after all (8)
A unit of work and the abbreviation for In Charge following (after) the ALL from the clue
18d Glaring at paragon of industry supporting British left (7)
The AT from the clue and an insect that is a paragon of industry preceded by (supporting in a down clue) B(ritish) and L(eft)
20d In middle of jetty, one who’s first to launch something? (7)
Start with a jetty and insert (in middle of) ONE
25d House without even parts in shade (3)
Drop the even letters (without even parts) from the first word in the clue
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