Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2793 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Tilsit
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Good morning lovely people, greetings from a sun-stricken Calder Valley!
While Our Glorious Leader nurses his hungover head (not really) after yesterday’s crosswordy gathering in Cambridge, I’m here to help you a little with today’s wonderful puzzle by the amazing Brian Greer. This was a joy to tackle from start to finish with a number of stand-out clues, topped by 23 across! One of my favourite puzzles to tackle each week, and he hasn’t let us down today.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.
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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 a “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, definitions are underlined:
1a This take advantage of capturing pawn, resuting in mate (6)
We start today with a word that describes a mate or husband. A short word meaning thus is added to a slightly longer one meaning to take advantage of something. Place inside this the abbreviation for a pawn in chess (indicated by capturing).
4a List characters in period pieces (6)
A triple definition clue, a trademark of our setter. One word that means “lists characters”, periods of times and pieces of things.
8a Stimulant reduced – that’s a blow (8)
A type of punch from a boxer is revealed by taking a slang word for a drug, one that can give you a high. Add to thsi a word for a reduction, much talked about with public spending and supermarket prices.
12a I, with car, returned piece of furniture, not matched by others (10)
I plus the name of a small car backwards (returned) is added to the name of an item of furniture to reveal a word that means without comparison, or unmatched by others.
16a Lines European put in not edited and not disputed (12)
Inside a word that means unedited, not altered go LL (lines) and E (European) to give you somthing that means not disputed.
23a What’ll turn us into most powerful country? (5,3)
My favourite clue of the day (and probably of the month!) This is a cryptic definition and the whole clue refers to the answer, you need to think a little out of the box. If you wanted to turn the word “us” into an abbreviation of one of the world’s superpowers on your computer, you’d need to use this!
25a Again show power in a kind of race (6)
The Acrosses today finish with a word that means to demonatrate once more, or a second football match. Take the name of a type of rce with a bton and insert P (for power).
1d Stupidly sue prior or head of monastery (8)
The head of a monastery or convent can be revealed by unscrambling the letters of SUE PRIOR.
5d Incomplete painting, one framed by friend (7)
A word that means incomplete can by found by taking the word for painting in general, adding I (one) and placing it all inside (framed) a word for friend.
6d Sea-monster left a haven it distrubed (9)
An anagram (disturbed) of L (left) A HAVEN IT will lead you to a word, often used in the Bible for a whale, or sea-monster. Don’t suppose you’ll be having it with chips!
9d Extinct reptile as inspiration for poetry in bizarre script (11)
The name for a dinosaur can be found by taking the name for the classical Muse of poetry (inspiration) and placing it inside an anagram (bizarre) of script.
14d Put in mouth after short time, consume inferior cheese (9)
A generic word for inferior cheese (“It’s only good enough for a ___”) is revealed by taking a word maning a short time and then a slang word for your mouth and placing inside a way of saying consume (a product).
18d Rum diluted for protesting worker (7)
The name for a member of a famous historical group of people that went round smashing up machines that were perceived as depriving people of jobs (hmmm), It’s an anagram (rum) of DILUTED.
21d Penny and others making bit of a bloomer (7)
A part of a flower is revealed by taking P (for penny) and adding a latin abbreviation for “and the rest”.
Right! I’m off to write an essay in German for my Open University Course on the meaning of happiness. I’ll mention tackling the Sunday Telegraph Crossword somewhere in there! See you soon!
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