Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2869 (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 Hunt runs in frantic chase (6)
Pur R(uns) inside an anagram (frantic) of CHASE
8a No problem for top minion, as arranged (8)
This state metaphorically doesn’t apply to a top – it’s an anagram (arranged) of MINION AS
10a Person easily manipulated, that might be on hand (6)
Two definitions – the second is illustrated below
12a Not having any money – what’s heart-warming about that? (10)
Lift the words that form the definition and it becomes a lot easier – a three-letter a colloquial word for money inside what proverbially makes the heart grow fonder
16a Improvement to house – addition of bar? (12)
This could mean the addition of a bar to a medal awarded for an earlier deed
20a Gift divided by male, one in total control (10)
A gift around (divided by) M(ale) and I (one)
22a Impact fellow with iron, in turn (6)
F(ellow) and the chemical symbol for iron inside a turn or performance
25a Undernourished family in Southern US city (6)
Put a three-letter word for family inside S(outhern) and a US city – note that the city doesn’t have to be in the south!
1d Kind of course that provides something to eat between rounds (8)
A cryptic definition of some food that is served between rounds or slices of bread – it’s interesting to note that round (in the singular) is actually another word for the answer, so two rounds make a round!
2d Dealing with an attack of disease? (5)
A (an) and an attack of disease
3d Restrict murderer oddly not put inside (7)
The name of the Abel’s murderer around (put inside) an anagram (oddly) of NOT
7d Start work on canvas in small sailing boat (6)
S(mall) followed by a sailing boat
14d Basis of health, wealth and wisdom one’s seen in noble head (9)
To get the basis of health, wealth and wisdom put I (one) between a noble and a head or promontory
17d Medic acts badly about onset of illness that’s severe (7)
A two-letter abbreviation for a medic and an anagram (badly) of ACTS around the initial letter (onset) of I[llness]
19d Have discussion about working capital (6)
The single-letter Latin abbreviation for about followed by the usual two-letter word meaning working and an adjective meaning capital or excellent
21d Sound made by large gun, as a rule (5)
This rule sounds like a large gun
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