Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2861 (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:
7a Modified boot early in season for American sport (8)
An anagram (modified) of BOOT inserted after the first letter (early) of the American word for one of the seasons of the year
9a Call after close of play, at hour to be arranged (6)
The person who could be called on to the stage at the end (close) of a play is an anagram (to be arranged) of AT HOUR
11a E.g. game dramatist inserting line provided (8)
The name of a famous dramatist goes around (inserting) L(ine) and our usual two-letter word meaning provided
15a Returned power tool that buzzes (4)
The reversal of P(ower) and a tool
17a Difficult, though less hard after start (5)
Start with the word T[H]OUGH and drop the H(ard) that appears just after the start of the word
23a British writer of picaresque novels placed in covers, say (8)
One for the cricket lovers – a word meaning, for example (say), placed in the covers – the other well-known author with the same surname doesn’t quite fit the bill of being a writer of picaresque novels
27a Place for the old lady to retire, lucky thing (6)
Split as (2’1,3) this could be a place for the old lady to retire for the night
28a So led astray by sailor’s navigational aid (8)
An anagram (astray) of SO LED followed by one of our usual sailors
1d Merchant of Venice — that needs eight players (4)
Not Shakespeare’s fictional merchant, but a real one is also the name of a game between two sides, each of four players
2d Creator of prints and such that female supports (6)
The abbreviation for “and such” followed by (supports in a down clue) the pronoun meaning that female
3d Sounded sad to those listening (4)
Sounds like (to those listening) an adjective meaning sad – you just need to pick the right homophone indicator!
4d Small settlement for dramatically wronged prince (6)
Two definitions – a settlement that is smaller than a village (traditionally one without a church) and Shakespeare’s dramatically wronged prince
6d Female I spotted in study, poet’s lady friend (10)
F(emale) and I between a verb meaning to study and a classical poet
8d Present for employee, not always on time, making effort (7)
A two-letter preposition meaning present followed by a non-permanent (not always) employee and T(ime)
13d Old writer upset about a form of Latin from place in Italy (10)
The reversal of O(ld) and a writing implement around the A from the clue and followed by an anagram (form) of LATIN
18d Cricketer’s feat that’s repeated after first of May for MCC (7)
The value associated with the Roman numeral that appears twice (repeated) after the initial letter (first) of M[ay] in MCC
22d Fashionable way to work on course (6)
The two-letter abbreviation for a way of working followed by a course at the dinner table
26d State absorbing Western influence (4)
A verb meaning to state around W(estern)
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