Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2878 (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 Arrived at front of theatre, appearing in small role (4,2)
The initial letter (front) of T[heatre] inside (appearing in) a small role in a play or film
4a Fellow mostly using few words in sections of text (8)
A four-letter fellow or bloke followed by most of an adjective meaning using few words
11a Award that comes after November, as heard on radio (5)
The letter that comes after November in the NATO Phonetic alphabet (which is used in radio communication)
13a Keep watch, say (7)
Three words, three definitions
15a Antagonism about some soldiers produces outrage (8)
A word meaning antagonism around some soldiers who are not commissioned officers
20a Fired back, hemming in American Indian (5)
The reversal (back) of a three-letter verb meaning fired or ignited around AM(erican)
25a Level in educational establishment for male (7)
An abbreviated educational establishment followed by FOR and M(ale)
28a Those people having put old record in priest’s study (8)
A pronoun meaning those people around (having put … in) O(ld) and a record or journal
29a Guard started crossing line (6)
A verb meaning started or recoiled around (crossing) L(ine)
1d As part of goal, negotiate hazard at sea (8)
Split as (5,3) this could mean to negotiate a hazard at sea
5d Fashionable river vessel makes diversion for semiaquatic creatures (14)
A very neat charade of a three-letter word meaning fashionable, a two-letter river, a three-letter vessel and a verb meaning makes a diversion or entertains
8d Display or conceal test for illness (6)
Three more definitions!
9d Searching TV for sporting action between us and France? (7-7)
This action could mean a sporting action between the UK and France – those who have solved today’s General Knowledge puzzle will find this easy
16d Powerful female‘s case not finished within month (9)
Most of (not finished) a court case inside one of the months of the year
17d Provide meal that includes meat cooked in dramatic fashion (8)
A four-letter verb meaning to provide a meal around a type of meat
21d Berth in sound by Jersey or Guernsey before storm (7)
The sound made by an animal such as a Jersey or Guernsey followed by a storm
24d Caught river fish put in here (5)
C(aught) followed by R(iver) and a fish
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