Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2866 (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 Following lofty principles in trade, one’s put in unlimited time (8)
The following of lofty principles is derived by inserting (put in) a verb meaning to trade and the abbreviated form of “one is” inside the inner letters (un-limited) of [t]IM[e]
9a Stop possessions otherwise being covered by tax (8)
To get this verb meaning to stop the possession of someone’s soul by evil spirits put the two-letter word meaning otherwise inside a form of tax
11a At end of a new part of speech, stick declaration (12)
After (at the end of) a charade of the A from the clue, N(ew) and a part of speech place a verb meaning to stick
13a Senior investigator’s command producing state of confusions (8)
A senior plain-clothes police investigator is followed by the S from ‘S and a command – is this a typo for “state of confusion”?
15a Administer like high-fliers, including Conservative (6)
This verb meaning to administer, for example, a vaccine is derived from a phrase that describes where you might find some high-flying passengers (2,3) around C(onservative)
18a Path travelled on horseback — or went by boat, we hear (4)
… two different homophones of the answer
23a Two kinds of seaman like hot cakes? (12)
This charade of two different kinds of seaman (8 and 4) gives an adjective that could describe the hot cakes in the phrase “to sell like hot cakes”
26a Heap is what Pat may have dropped (4)
What is dropped from a man’s name to get Pat?
28a One isn’t perturbed about learner that’s cheeky (8)
An anagram (perturbed) of ONE ISN’T around L(earner)
2d Artist’s work crossing line, in a manner of speaking (8)
A work of art produced, possible with a pencil, by an artist, around L(ine)
6d Feeling pain under military leader giving instruction (8)
If you can’t explain your answer to this one then you have probably placed two letters that do not represent a military leader in front of a verb meaning feeling pain – so try again!
7d Graves, for example, that can be found in vault (4)
When you are familiar with Virgilius’s style of cluing, you just know that this is not going to be about graves in a cemetery; I did think of the poet before the penny dropped as to what type of graves might be found in a vault
14d Head of government, after financial disaster, in a sorry state? (5)
The initial letter (head) of G[overnment] preceded by financial disaster
17d Story with moral about weapon that’s okay for fieldworker? (8)
Put a story with a moral, like those told by Aesop, around a three-letter general word for a weapon to get an adjective that means a field is okay for a worker to prepare for crops
22d Old master manages to swallow half of beer (6)
A four-letter verb meaning manages around the first half of BE[er]
24d Right on time, turning up — excellent (4)
R(ight) followed by the reversal (turning up in a down clue) of a long period of time
25d No-win situation stated in Asian language (4)
This Asian language sounds like (stated) a situation in which neither side is winning
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