Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2883 (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:
8a She opened the box containing one or two of Pa’s pieces (7)
I bet that many of you, like me, were filling in the answer after reading the first four words – split that answer as (1,3/2,1) to understand the wordplay
10a Workers taken back into excellent plant (7)
The reversal (taken back) of some workers inside “excellent”, spelt out
12a Fake psychoanalyst having change of heart (5)
Start with the surname of a well-known psychoanalyst and change his middle letter (heart)
17a Justice and three others using bad advice run trials (8,7)
An anagram (bad) of ADVICE RUN TRIALS
19a Setter’s superior when it comes to giving directions in clue (7)
Two definitions – the first being a dog that is allegedly regarded as being superior to the setter when it comes to giving directions to a game hunter
21a One in suit given precedence over others? Blast! (5)
Two more definitions – in the first definition the suit refers to playing cards – comments about any further definitions will be deleted
27a Nasty type we had put outside quickly turned around (7)
A nasty type of person inside the abbreviated form of “we had”
28a Secretive activity, the last resort? (7)
An anagram (resort) of THE LAST
1d Eventual outcome produced by aiming too high? (6)
This outcome could, if split (2,4), be taken as the result of aiming too high
2d Soul of wit exemplified in single craft (3-5)
A word meaning a single and a seagoing craft – at the time of writing “exemplifed” was spelt incorrectly in the online version, although it is now correct!
3d Adherent of widespread religious belief (10)
Unless I’m missing something, this is only faintly cryptic – widespread here concerns the number of gods in the religious belief rather than the number of people having that belief
5d Hazard at sea — do something to reduce canvas (4)
7d Provokes strike initially uncalled for (8)
A verb meaning provokes followed by the initial letter of S[trike]
16d Playwright grasping man who acts badly is obstacle (9)
The surname of a playwright around (grasping) a three-letter man who acts or behaves badly
20d Reduced access for French artist (6)
Drop the final letter (reduced) from an access
23d Fail to notice single person? Not he (4)
25d Short river, hardly stream (4)
The abbreviation (short) of R(iver) followed by an adverb meaning hardly or with difficulty
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