Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2818 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Tilsit
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Hello, back again while the boss is elsewhere gallivanting and partying like it’s 1762.
Certainly a bit of a sterner challenge than yesterday’s but a very enjoyable puzzle from one of my favourite setter. Probably the best hint I can offer today is “read the clue and break it up into pieces, nothing is ever wasted”.
In reply to a question yesterday, the clues I choose for selection are the ones that I think will cause most trouble for solvers. I tend to leave the anagrams because they are fairly straightforward as long as you spot them. Look for words that imply movement and the phrase next to that will be the one to be unscrambled.
Another idea for the newer solver is to buy an A-Z index book or a file with A-Z dividers and on paper ruled down the middle build a dictionary of standard words used in crosswords that have slightly different meanings, e.g. ‘banker’ can mean river, ‘or’ can refer to gold, and so on. A number of newer solvers on another blog have done that while they get to grips with the easier cryptic puzzle in another paper.
Apologies for the picture problem yesterday, I’m posting on animal so it looks like it may not like the pictures I use. I have tried a different source today, but have put a description in the clue concerned to help if they don’t appear.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues 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.
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Some hints follow:
1a Take it from chum — our lesson’s not funny (10)
One of our Sunday setter’s trademark clues. He can hide words in the most innocuous sentences and here’s good example. If you look hard, you’ll see the answer!
9a Title that could make me a lord (7)
Actually, the whole clue defines this as well, which is why it’s so clever. The name for a title of the peerage is an anagram of ME A LORD.
10a Endlessly respect everyone, being top man on board (7)
The name for the head man on a ship is made up of a word meaning to respect and one meaning everyone, both wothour their final letter.
15a Would-be moneymaker having chest covered with gold (8)
The name for someone who hopes to make money by putting cash into a new business, is how you might describe someone with their chest warm (as Mr R .C. Nesbitt below), add to this a standard crossword word for gold.
19a Child liable to be beaten with stout stick (6)
Here are two more words you could put in that dictionary I mentioned above. A word for a naughty child (we don’t encourage violence here!) or a mischievous pixie, has the name for a type of stout added to it. This gives you a word meaning to stick.
24a Outside hospital, unattached piece of roof (7)
The name for part of a roof (Rosemary Clooney and Shakin’ Stevens didn’t have time to fix it in This Ole House) is a word meaning unattached, not married and inside it goes the one-letter abbreviation for a hospital.
26a Legislative body reduced fare (4)
The name for an old legislative body (Martin Luther had trouble with one based in the town of Worms) is also what you are on if you eat low-fat food.
27a Group seen playing I kept in and reprimanded (10)
This is a wordsum clue where if you break it down correctly it will equal the definition so:
A Group (of actors) (4) + I (1) + kept inside (by means of a hinged door) (5) = reprimanded (10).
1d Pay attention to four-letter word included by the editor (4)And another hidden answer. This time look for a four letter word hidden in the phrase ‘the editor’ that means to pay attention to something.
2d French officer post-war planner listened to or cut short (7)
Another quite clever clue. The name of a title used in France is also the surname of a famous post-war American who proposed aid to countries, called Lend-Lease I think, but his version of the name is a bit longer hence a soundalike or with the last letter missing.
3d Covered by and contained within smart agreement (13)
This was one of those clues where I wrote the answer in and went back to figure how it works and had more trouble fathoming it out! A word for tacit agreement is made of a way of saying something is covered by another item, e.g. something covered by insurance. Add to this a word that means smart or what a wasp does when angry with the word ‘and’ inside.
5d Namely, object about note that’s extremely critical (8)
If you’ve decided to start the Dictionary mentioned above, here’s one to go in. There’s an old Latin word ‘scilicet’ used in legal documents and it means namely, and in legal jargon it’s often abbreviated to the first two letters. it’s a godsend to crossword setters to indicate two awkward letters that often appear together. Add to this a five letter word for an object and insert one of the six one-letter names for notes [the first one!] and hey presto! a word meaning extremely critical.
8d Thus illuminated sign for people living alone (10)
Hadn’t heard of these, so I guess it’s one of those newer buzzwords that’s in the dictionary. The name for people who are single is made up of this word sum:-
Thus (2) + illuminated (3) + sign of the zodiac (5) = people living along (10)
11d Captain being careful and expertly steering (13)
And another word sum:
Another word for the captain of a ship (6) + being careful or tending (7) = expertly steering (13)
Or it could mean someone in a big black chair I suppose……
[I was younger, bigger and hairier!]
13d Expressed regret in article composed about record (10)
A word meaning expressed regret is made up of A (article) + a word for a journal [think Captain Kirk] inside one which means assured, calm or composed.
18d A sinner’s behaviour, including extremes of anger or greed (7)
A word for greed, one of the seven deadly sins, is made up of the first and last letters of AngeR inside A + how a sinner may describe their behaviour.
21d Bird left, trapped (6)
The name for a song bird is made up of L (for left) and how it may be trapped (and sadly often is in certain countries).
23d The speaker had briefly spoken and made observations (4)
How someone who spoke could say they had something is a homophone of a four-letter word meaning observed or looked at.
Right, off you go! See you next Saturday. Apologies if the birthdays below are wrong, I am sure someone will correct it.
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