Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2868 (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 Showing sign of nerves, yet was strangely composed (6)
An anagram (strangely composed) of YET WAS
11a Churchman‘s eye, we hear, caught by very short mini, say (5)
A word that sounds like (we hear) eye inside the abbreviated (short) form of V(ery) and the vehicle of which the mini is an example
12a Ringleader I put inside after being sent back for new case (7)
The initial letter (leader) of R[ing] and the I from the clue inside the reversal (being sent back) of a word meaning after
18a Settle account, inserting line in dramatic announcement (8)
A three-letter verb meaning to settle and a four-letter account (or, indeed, a phrase meaning to settle an account) around (inserting) L(ine)
25a Actual result of ingenue moving in (7)
Not quite the same as an anagram – to get the answer move the IN towards the end of INGÉNUE
27a Savage attack on street outside US city that’s disgusting! (9)
The ON from the clue followed by the abbreviation for ST(reet) around a US city and an Interjection that means “that’s disgusting”
28a Most important piece in scattered notes on island (8)
An anagram (scattered) of NOTES preceded by (on in an across clue) an island
29a Almost name before time is ripe (6)
N(ame) followed by a word meaning “before the time is ripe”
1d Ridiculing author I found in dire straits (8)
Ridiculing here is an adjective not a verb – put the I from the clue inside (found in) an anagram (dire) of STRAITS
3d Evidence in trial supported by one with non-European funds (9)
A four-letter trial followed by I (one) and some funds from which the E(uropean) had been dropped
5d Social scientist reading, perhaps, work held by literary collector (14)
The letter which represents reading as a basic skill in a well-known phrase and our usual two-letter musical work inside (held by) a person who puts together a collection of literary works
8d Mock revolutionary rising with incomplete plan (6)
The reversal (rising in a down clue) of a revolutionary or left-winger followed by most of (incomplete) a plan
9d Part of speech that never refers to one (10,4)
… because it refers to a group
16d Become thin — from what we hear, you dined late (9)
Split as (2,3,1,3) this sounds like (from what we hear) you dined later than usual
19d Composing song for child (7)
A loosely cryptic definition of a song used to compose or soothe a child
24d Allow to enter random list, oddly deleted (5)
Remove the odd letters (oddly deleted) from two words in the clue
As well as the above – don’t forget to look for those superbly hidden answers.
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