Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2881 (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 Having faulty maps in island, use this to navigate (7)
An anagram (faulty) of maps inside a Greek island
5a Result of slow work in second part of plane, perhaps (7)
A verb meaning to second is followed by what might once have been part of a tree such as (perhaps) the plane
11a Socialist’s first to be embraced by lofty opponent? It’s hard to believe (4,5)
The initial letter (first) of S[ocialist] inside an adjective meaning lofty and a political opponent of the Socialist
13a One letting clutch out unusually early (5)
This clutch consists of eggs and the one letting them out is an anagram (unusually) of EARLY
17a Blow hot and cold, harmful in desert? (9)
An adjective meaning harmful inside a verb meaning to desert or abandon
23a Note in appendix that’s a problem for user (9)
… this is a problem is for a user of drugs!
25a Member of group having pub drink, we hear (7)
Split as (2,5) this sounds like (we hear) a pub and a drink one might enjoy in said pub
26a Author‘s new volume, including a book revised (7)
To get this Russian author put N(ew) and V(olume) around an anagram (revised) of A BOOK
28a German city‘s Irish quarter (7)
Two definitions where the only difference is that the German city has an umlaut
1d What Germany and Greece have in common, such as euros (7)
Two definitions – the first concerning the initial letters and the second as a currency
5d Spoils child, putting in love and time (5)
Spoils here is a noun not a verb – start with a child and insert O (love) and T(ime)
6d Team of workers in Irish city means to clear bottleneck (9)
Split as (4’1,4) this could be a team of workers belonging to an Irish city
14d Exemplary person‘s list covering European fashion (4,5)
A four-letter list around (covering) E(uropean) and a fashion
16d Crazily you spend millions in London, for instance (9)
An anagram (crazily) of YOU SPEND M(illions) gives a word describing London when referring to novelist (John Griffith) Chaney
18d Young woman one encountered in volume, such as Jane Eyre (7)
A young woman and I (one) inside the abbreviation for a metric unit of volume
20d Brake hard, going into something motorist tries to avoid (7)
This lesser-known definition of brake is derived by putting H(ard) into something a motorist tries to avoid getting
21d A batch of deliveries after hours for royal house (7)
A batch of deliveries in cricket (2,4) preceded by H(ours)
24d Ursa Minor appearing above an islander (5)
A small bear (ursa minor) followed by (appearing above in a down clue) the AN from the clue
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