Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2802 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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The last couple of days have been somewhat traumatic. Many thanks to all of you for your forbearance during the problems caused by the total failure of the Sunstorm server at the hosting company. There was a lot of work going on behind the scenes and the Support Engineers at Evohosting were fantastic. I would also like to thank the other members of the team, particularly Deep Threat and Gnomethang, who had to repost their Friday blogs, and Prolixic, who stepped into the breach and posted the Saturday hints and a link to the NTSPP puzzle – what a pleasant surprise it was when I got home expecting to have to do both of those things.
We are now on the Ramjet server, having been moved there over the weekend from the, now defunct, Sunstorm server.
I was somewhat amused by an email from Google this morning which advised me that “Google detected a significant increase in the number of URLs we could not access. It is likely that your server had an internal error or was busy when attempting to process these requests.” – like I didn’t already know!
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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.
Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.
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:
1a In part, is trusting model employer? (6)
Hidden (in) inside the clue is someone who might employ a model
10a Host returning, having traversed distant part of country (5,4)
A host or large number reversed (returning) around (traversed) an adjective meaning distant to get a feature of the countryside
13a Not like unusually well-read Oxford professor (7)
This anagram (unusually) of NOT LIKE gives a well-read Oxford professor who is also well-read in the sense of being read by many
14a Rebuff queen may deliver, but never king (5)
A cryptic definition of an action in chess that can be delivered by a queen but never by a king
20a Chap embracing openings provided by secret organisation? (5)
A chap around the initial letters (openings provided by) of the final two words in the clue gives someone defined by the whole of this all-in-one clue
23a Article by poet laureate cut short? Just so (7)
The indefinite article followed by most of (cut short) an early twentieth century poet laureate gives a verb meaning to cut short
25a With half of score accomplished, it’s okay to defend (7)
Spell out the number that is half of a score and add an adjective meaning accomplished
28a Where all the pieces of poetry you write are set in row for typist (8)
Just think where you might find all the letters (pieces) of “poetry you write” set in the same row!
29a Some work secured by the writer with right business deal (6)
A unit of work inside (secured by) the first person objective pronoun (the writer) and R(ight) – note, with some satisfaction, how the setter has ensured that “the writer” is the object of the verb “secured by”
1d Interview those sitting in front of stage (8)
Two definitions – the first one could be with the queen!
2d Old craft of European pursuing unusual métier (7)
This old craft is making yet another appearance in a crossword – E(uropean) follows (pursuing) an anagram (unusual) of MÉTIER [except that it doesn’t work as there are too many Es and not enough Rs]
Revised version (only available online): Run into European excellence that’s shown up in old craft (7)
R(un) inside the reversal (that’s shown up) of E(uropean) followed by a word meaning excellence
5d It’s bound to be available for a few (7,7)
A cryptic definition of a bound publication of which only a few copies are printed (available for a few)
6d In coastal resort, left poor accommodation (5)
A resort on the South Coast of England followed by L(eft)
8d Coaches in one part of speech or another (6)
This word meaning coaches can be a noun or a verb (one part of speech or another), with different meanings for each
19d Produce some rhyming slang, initially kept in check (7)
The initial letter of S[lang] inside (kept in) a verb meaning to check
21d Relative is upset over superficially attractive stuff (7)
The reversal of IS (upset in a down clue) followed by (over in a down clue) some superficially attractive stuff
24d Wild animal seen in feeding orgy and covered in gore (5)
A classic Virgilius double hidden word clue!
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Finally, watch out a week tomorrow in the Indy for a puzzle by our latest graduate from the NTSPP series!