Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2859 (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 Kind of ball fashioned around square, oddly (10)
This ball is a kind of dance – a four-letter verb meaning fashioned around an anagram (oddly) of SQUARE – I tried unsuccessfully to use the odd letters of square
10a Poke fun at a politician in flier (7)
The A from the clue and our usual politician inside a type of diving bird (flier)
12a Attractive urgent coverage for legal support team (13)
An adjective meaning urgent around (coverage for) a team of people supporting the local lawmen
14a Surfing, maybe at equator (6)
Split as (2,4) this could mean at the equator
17a Former partner having case for enforcement of payment (8)
Our usual former partner is followed by a case in a court of law
22a Group of swimmers before the race upset instructor (13)
A collective noun for a group of fish (swimmers) followed by an anagram (upset) of THE RACE
24a Academic penning papers is tiresome (5,2)
A three-letter university academic around a colloquial word for tabloid newspapers
27a Have second thoughts about condition covering European disadvantages (10)
Put a condition or clause added to an already complete contract around E(uropean) and some disadvantages
1d Get engaged repeatedly in schemes Holmes hatched (4)
In this signature Virgilius clue, the answer is hidden not once but twice (repeatedly) inside the clue
2d It’s used for opening act in theatre (7)
A cryptic definition of something used for opening a patient in the operating theatre
4d Organised party membership, initially unsystematic (6)
A three-letter verb meaning organised followed by a party and the initial letter of M(embership)
7d I’ll feature prominently in his speech (7)
A cryptic definition of someone who uses the word “I” a lot
8d Like those in charge, chap set over African country shifting left (10)
A chap followed by an African country with its L(eft) shifted to the end
13d Serious type, in this way, also embracing monarch (10)
A two-letter word meaning in this way or thus followed by a word meaning also or additionally around the Latin abbreviation for a monarch (king or queen, it’s the same abbreviation)
18d Put the ‘A’ in art, essentially (2,5)
Just do what it says on the tin – put THE A inside ART
21d Cut short awkward old cowboy (6)
Most of (cut short) an adjective meaning awkward followed by O(ld)
23d It sounds like sweetheart does, for instance (4)
Sounds like a sweetheart or darling – these does are female animals and they are an example (for instance) of the answer!
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