Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2879 (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/29a Consumer guide for this week — see intervening answers (3-9,8,4)
This “guide” could include some or all of the intervening across answers – ours certainly did!
10a Remedy for overindulgence I can’t set out in advertisement (7)
An anagram (set out) of I CAN’T inside an AD(vertisement)
14a Fare for holiday in foreign country (6)
This seasonal food is also the name of a foreign country
15a Sources of party hats and nuts (8)
Two definitions – the second being nuts as in mad, not the edible kind suggested by the clue
19a Starts covering up blunder making fortified wines (8)
A verb meaning starts or recoils around (covering up) a blunder
24a Spread put on 15 or loaf (4)
Two more definitions – but be careful, the kind of 15 Across is neither of those in its clue and the loaf is not a loaf of bread
25a Feigned suffering, we hear, resulting in celebratory drink (9)
Chestnuts are not one of the items on our 1a/29a so to make up for that we have this old chestnut! – a charade of two syllables sounding like feigned and suffering
27a Tree decorations also found in non-U things like this (7)
A three-letter word meaning also inside constructs like 27a but without the U (non-U)
28a Important people in Leicester and Derby, for example (7)
Leicester and Derby are examples of this item that could be on our 1a/29a
29a See 1 Across
2d Something needed in court, always reduced for crook (9)
Something that is needed for many of the games that are played in a court followed by the short poetic word for always
4d In relation to benefit, including right to claim again (8)
A two-letter word meaning “in relation to” followed by a benefit into which R(ight) is inserted (including)
8d Male American fliers in ancient jumbos (8)
M(ale) and AM(erican) are followed by some flying insects
16d Quality of some snacks princess ordered second (9)
An anagram (ordered) of PRINCESS followed by S(econd)
18d Erects barrier around someone aiding criminal offence (6,2)
Someone who aids a criminal by helping them dispose of stolen goods followed by an offence – comments about the choice of one of the words in the clue will be redacted without warning
22d Imposing latest period to avoid oysters? (6)
Folklore dictates those months of the year in which it is safe to eat oysters, so we are looking for the latest of the unsafe months
24d Call for peace expressed in lots of cards (5)
Sounds like (expressed) a Latin word used as a call for peace
26d Fellow adding sauce in alcoholic drink with egg (4)
F(ellow) followed by some sauce or cheek
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