Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2870 (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 Second dismissal not going as intended (10)
A verb meaning to second or support followed by a dismissal from a job
9a Fish with line that has weights, attached to rod (7)
A type of fish followed by L(ine)
14a Excel in fight, getting case dismissed? Just the opposite (6)
Not a case or container followed by a cricketing term meaning dismissed -the other way around (just the opposite)
17a Height gained by police aircraft (8)
H(eight) inside a colloquial word for the police – note that aircraft is the plural of aircraft
19a Provided backing as company goes into complete failure (6)
The reversal of a two-letter word meaning providing or on condition that followed by AS from the clue and CO(mpany)
24a Travel permit for one arriving originally with two others (7)
A travel or excursion followed by a verb meaning to permit gives one that arrives in this world along with two siblings
26a Person who entertains crowd (4)
27a Attacking position in game leading to point (10)
A card game followed by a point or promontory
1d Horse carrying bishop is little one (4)
A type of horse around B(ishop)
2d Either side of cooker with raised temperature? That’s not good (7)
Express a choice between the first and last letters (either side) of C[ooke]R as (1,2,1) and follow it with a two-letter word meaning raised and T(ime)
3d Place for wounded men filled with pathos, I recollected (5,8)
An anagram (recollected) of FILLED with PATHOS I
4d Drawing instruments — dividers, perhaps (6)
An allusion to the policy of maintaining control over one’s opponents by encouraging dissent between them
8d Cutting up middle slice of dessert, in manner of speaking (10)
the middle three letters (slice) of [de]SSE[rt] inside a manner of speaking
11d Organisation including all constituents in any matter (8,5)
A cryptic definition of method of organisation of the constituents or elements of any or all matter
13d Stolen drug found in repeated check in mixture (10)
A three-letter adjective meaning stolen followed by a drug sandwiched between a pair (repeated) of abbreviations for CH(eck)
18d Starting-points for big wins, leaders having dropped out (7)
… drop the leading letters from three words in the clue
20d Inheritance from father certainly is holding chap up (7)
A four-letter word meaning certainly around (holding) the reversal (up in a down clue) of a chap
23d Deflated but not flat? That can be done (4)
Simply drop FLAT from DE[FLAT]ED – a sort of reverse hidden clue!
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