Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2855 (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 Reacting immoderately, bypassing directors? (5,9)
This could mean bypassing (5,4) the directors of a business collectively (5)
9a Make blue costume worn by English princess, initially (7)
A costume around (word by) E(nglish) and the initial letter of P[rincess]
11a Followers of leaders in Germany, Austria, Greece and Portugal ready there (4)
The second letters (followers of leaders) of four countries in the clue gives ready or currency in said four countries
12a Male held by policeman in disturbance is fellow citizen (10)
M(ale) inside (held by) a three-letter colloquial word for a policeman followed by a word meaning in and a disturbance
15a Person who calculates what can be salvaged from wreck one raises (8)
… the first lurker!
17a Wild animals left in vessel as overall strategy (4,4)
A collective word for wild animals, typically in Africa, followed by L(eft) inside a cooking vessel
18a Reveal what’s found out about learner? (6)
An anagram (out) of FOUND around L[earner]
25a Messy accumulation of toxic gas, say (7)
The chemical symbol for a toxic gas followed by a verb meaning to say or speak
26a E.g. news printed in error about daughter that’s given to married couple (7,7)
An anagram (in error) of E.G. NEWS PRINTED around D(aughter)
1d Without faith, half-heartedly virtuous? Not so (7)
Start with a word meaning virtuous, drop either of the middle letters (half-heartedly) and add a word meaning not so
2d I presume a miler mistakenly covering a kilometre isn’t this (8,7)
An anagram (mistakenly) of I PRESUME A MILER around the A from the clue
4d Verse is about embracing one beautiful person (6)
V(erse), IS and a two-letter word meaning about around (embracing) I (one)
5d Summarised main points of century in paper badly edited (8)
C(entury) inside an anagram (badly) of paper followed by ED(ited)
7d Act of bravado, with spinner producing fatal shot, possibly (7,8)
A cryptic definition of a possibly fatal act of bravado that involved spinning the chamber of a revolver
13d Was nosy about work he has told about in advance (10)
A verb meaning was nosy around the usual two-letter word for a musical work and the abbreviated form of he has
16d Historic victory for outnumbered army in the long run (8)
Two definitions – a victory for some 10,000 Greeks over a much larger Persian army – the approximate distance run by Pheidippides to tell Athens of the success is now celebrated in a long run
19d Follow leftist type in moderate movement (7)
A three-letter verb meaning to follow precedes a leftist type
20d Location of insignificant storm that’s lifted in afternoon? (6)
… this cryptic definition made be smile
23d Odd parts of clue they found endearing (4)
The odd letters (odd parts of) of two words in the clue
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