Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2858 (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 Boxes with drug in limited supply (6)
A verb meaning boxes or engages in fisticuffs followed by one of Crosswordland’s usual drugs
8a Survey completed, that is put in car (8)
A four-letter word meaning completed followed by the Latin abbreviation of “that is” inside the abbreviation of a make of car
11a Was in no-win situation, so pulled out (4)
Two definitions – but be careful with the tense
12a Angry about new name being disrespectfully treated (10)
A three-letter word meaning angry around N(ew) and a colloquial word for a name
13a Male equivalent of shocking pink? (8,4)
… if pink is for a girl, what colour is for a boy?
20a Not of practical use? Old man learnt differently (10)
An anagram (differently) of O(ld) MAN LEARNT
21a Amount of wood that’s cut after delivery (4)
Two definitions – I didn’t know this word for an amount of wood, but that which is cut is after the delivery of a baby
23a Something religious left outside tavern in US, for instance (8)
A religious artefact, usually one believed to have belonged to a saint, outside a tavern
25a Worker in church holding cross in attack (6)
The letter shaped like a cross inside a phrasal verb meaning to attack (3,2)
1d In drastic way, cut off cathedral city (8)
A verb meaning to cut off followed by our usual three-letter city – once every city had a cathedral; not so now
3d Be angry about pound as one wanting rid of corporation? (7)
A verb meaning to be angry around the letter that represent a pound sterling – corporation here is a belly not a company!
5d Piece of canvas pretty serious artist initially used in work (7)
The initial letters of three words in the clue inside (used in) a verb meaning to work or labour
6d Person who washes, so to speak, linen garment (9)
The first part of the answer sounds like (so to speak) a type of linen and the rest is a garment worn by a woman
9d Warm clothing in Washington area in bad weather (11)
IN from the clue and the area around the city of Washington inside an anagram (bad) of WEATHER
14d Card one dramatically played (9)
Two definitions – the first of which is not a playing card but a comical or eccentric person
17d Lady in crowd surrounding East European (7)
A crowd or crush of people around E(ast) E(uropean)
21d Copper section, in length between foot and yard (5)
The chemical symbol for copper followed by a section or part gives a measure of approximately 18 to 22 inches
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