Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2877 (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:
7a Setback that doesn’t affect mum or dad (8)
If this setback is applied to mum or dad, those words are unaffected
10a An unpleasant job, mainly, as TV presenter (6)
AN from the clue and most of an unpleasant job gives this US term for a TV presenter
11a State without legal responsibility for losing voters (8)
No – the answer is not Remoaners, although they were definitely losing voters
12a Caution about piece of furniture that’s characteristic of the kind (14)
A 9-letter word meaning caution around a piece of furniture – read the definition as a characteristic of those that are kind to others
20a It reflects what’s behind one, in a way (4-4,6)
A cryptic definition of a part of a vehicle that reflects what’s behind on the road – famously deemed unimportant in The Gumball Rally
25a Gave reward that was worth waiting for? (6)
This reward was given for waiting at a table!
27a Watch out for conflict in working meeting (6)
A conflict between nations inside a working meeting or, as Chambers puts it, a gathering of persons to unite their labour for the benefit of one individual or family
28a Haphazardly scan iris and other flowers (8)
An anagram (haphazardly) of SCAN IRIS
1d Frenchman and Englishwoman having pronounced difference (4)
René as a Frenchman’s name is pronounced differently to Rene as an Englishwoman’s name – find another similar pair of names – at least one of our commentariat should have no difficulty with this one
2d Secure number in theatre following its opening (6)
Something that numbs in the operating theatre follows the initial letter (opening) of T[heatre]
4d Colour that’s nothing new in fashion (6)
O (nothing) followed by N(ew) inside a fashion or vogue
5d Justice one found in extreme point (8)
I (one) inside an adjective meaning extreme followed by a point or headland
14d Stop working, so to speak, or slow down (5)
This verb sounds like it means to stop working but is actually to slow down a vehicle
18d Rodent getting meat, mostly rump (7)
Some meat followed by most a word meaning rump or rear
22d Concerning socks, for example, do some darning (6)
A two-letter word meaning concerning or about followed by a word that describes, for example, socks
26d Not challenging to take part in debate, as yet (4)
Hidden (to take part in) inside the clue
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