Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2860 (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 Political agreement oddly pains a British leader in particular (14)
An anagram (oddly) of PAINS A BRITISH followed by the initial letter (leader) of P[articular]
14a Spiritual instruction with part of Bible, say (6)
A two-letter abbreviation for some spiritual instruction followed by a book (part) of the Bible
15a Give new order to test nine or ten in set, being aware (8)
Two anagrams (give new order to) for the price of one TEST NINE or TEN IN SET
18a Establish ruthless dictator, moving in first (6)
Start with the name adopted by a ruthless dictator and move the final IN to the beginning (first)
21a What writer may be said to need still (10)
This word meaning still or motionless sounds like (said) something a writer may need – indeed both spellings are often, incorrectly, interchanged by people who should know better, and I’ll bet that RD is not one of them!
22a Tie up jealous husband dramatically (4)
Two definitions – to tie up a boat and another name for the jealous husband in a play (dramatically) by Shakespeare
25a Dog protecting its head in clash (7)
A type of dog around (protecting) the initial letter (head) of D[og]
26a With urgency, holding prisoner — not without contradiction (14)
An adverb meaning with urgency around (holding) one of our usual prisoners
1d Area inside perimeter for pupil staying in school (7)
A(rea) inside a perimeter
2d Person at home in house, having taken a seat (15)
A cryptic definition of a person who, having won a seat, sits in a legislative house
3d What enraged person’s gone through that may be raised in party (4)
Two definitions – both from well-known sayings
6d Fair as player, holding up pro (10)
An adjective describing a player who is fair and honourable around UP from the clue
8d Go to that thing and get out now! (4,2)
A phrasal verb meaning go to (2,2) followed by a word for “that thing”
16d Success for better local in theatrical parts (8)
This word which represents success for someone who bets is derived from a local or pub inside some parts of a theatre
19d Right limb raised is in position, to a great extent (7)
R(ight) and the reversal of a limb inside the position or situation
23d This is the last such signal to player crossing line (4)
A signal to an actor (player) around (crossing) L(ine)
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