Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2873 (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 Still cold, wrapped in piece of woollen cloth (6)
C(old) inside a piece of woollen cloth, typically one with a tartan pattern
4a Single out what’s central to president if young (8)
… there’s definitely at least one hidden answer this week!
13a Bad treatment for natural wood (3,4)
A charade of an adjective meaning natural or unrefined and a type of wood
14a Characteristic of courageous person, never being ruffled (5)
It looks trickier but this is simply an anagram (being ruffled) of NEVER
18a Tree is what ruined instrument (8)
An anagram (ruined) of WHAT followed by a musical instrument
23a A regal upset about British subject creating class struggle? (7)
An anagram (upset) of A REGAL around B(ritish) gives this subject with which many struggle in the classroom – it took me a while to resolve the definition part of this clue as it was one of my favourite subjects
26a Stick fork, say, into small fruit or vegetable, right? (5)
Separating the definition from the wordplay makes this one a lot easier – S(mall) followed by a fruit or S(mall) followed by a vegetable and R(ight)
28a Criminal sheltered by parson is terrified (8)
… oh look! – another lurker
29a Top player finishes off the season heavy (6)
This top player is an actor, not a tennis player – add the final letters of [th]E and [seaso]N
1d Sanctimonious leader of cult in affair, having fling (8)
A two-letter adjective meaning sanctimonious followed by the initial letter (leader) of C[ult] inside an affair or incident
2d Make nothing of a boxer’s last round (7)
A verb meaning to make nothing of or invalidate followed by the A from the clue and the final letter (last) of [boxe]R
3d It’s not fair, people being taken in by bad client (9)
Fair here is describing weather – some people inside (taken in by) an anagram (bad) of CLIENT
5d With record margin, one people showing good judgment (14)
A four-letter gramophone record is followed by a three-letter margin, I (one) and the people of a country
7d Parts of feet getting hot or cool on flight (7)
A two-letter word meaning hot or cool followed by a flight of stairs
8d Like dates, with one exception, unknown in advance (6)
The exception is 29th February! – a mathematical unknown followed by an adverb meaning “in advance”
9d Tories are mad about one in Commons following Conservative peers (14)
An anagram (mad) of TORIES ARE around someone who sits in the House of Commons and preceded by CON(servative) gives peers or associates
22d Loathing that’s irrelevant without a purpose (6)
A two-letter abbreviation meaning irrelevant around (without) the A from the clue and a purpose
24d Part of goal supported by noble (5)
This part of a goal is one that is frequently hit by unsuccessful footballers – just add a word meaning “supported by” or “in contact with”
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|RIP Bobby Vee
(April 30 1943 – October 24 2016)