Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2819 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Tilsit
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Thanks to Crypticsue for standing in at short notice when a certain four-legged chum decided to be a bit awkward. I am having problems with another four-legged chum this morning. His name’s Dexter and he insists on sitting on the keyboard while I am typing this, expecting cuddles and treats.
Quite a tricky puzzle from our Sunday Setter today. Lots of head scratching moments, and choosing the clues to put here hasn’t been easy, as I think I could have put most of them! However, the best advice I can offer is to just read the clue carefully. Every bit of it will mean something, there’s no wastage.
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 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.
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Some hints follow and pictures courtesy of the lovely Crypticsue, as my iMac seems to not like showing them to you.:
1 Foreign article on the way about concert is inflexible (14)
A word meaning inflexible, hard and rigid is made up of a (French) article + a word meaning on the way. Inside this put the short name of a classical music concert in London and IS. See what I mean about no surplus bits in a clue?
10 Annoyance as succession interrupted by king (7)
A word meaning annoyance or envy is a word for a line of succession with the regnal initials of the Queen’s dad.
12 Rebuked and hurt after copying antique (10)
Something that means hurt or felt sore goes after the short name of a copied antique or painting to give you a word meaning told off or rebuked.
15 Interpret as disadvantages? Right (8)
A word my Latin Master at Prescot Grammar School, who taught me to do cryptics, use to use all the time. Something that means interpret or translate is made up of a word sum. Think of a word meaning disadvantages (if pros are advantages…?) and something that means right or correct.
17 Through which sailor can see right inside cavity in rock (8)
The name for a window on the side of a ship is R (right) inside the type of hole in the ground that people seem to enjoy climbing through.
22 Enable people to hold hands in wood (4)
A double definition, with the first cryptic. How you enable people to hold hands (of cards!) is also the name of a type of wood in furniture making.
25 Separate one ascending sequence of notes (7)
A word that means to separate comprises I (one) plus three consecutive notes of the musical scale.
26 With limited vision, tragically, they’d shot girls (5-9)
A phrase that means something done with limited vision or myopically, is an anagram (tragically) of THEY’D SHOT GIRLS.
1 How pizzicato is played, standing tall (7)
Another double definition clue, where one part is cryptic. If you play a violin pizzicato you are playing it without what? It’s also a way of describing a tall, upright person.
2 Letters on boat providing personal description (9,6)
A wordsum. The way to describe letters of the alphabet + the name of the type of boat below = a thumbnail description or potted biography of a person.
4 Poetic features exemplified by Gray, say (6)
One of our setter’s trademark clever clues. A feature of many poems and Gray and say are examples!
5 Biscuit old artist lifted, dipped in wine (8)
A type of biscuit popular with Mrs Overall. The name for a type of wine from Burgundy has O (old) and the abbreviation for an artist back inside.
You might find the word in here…. Any excuse to make you smile….
6 Misplaced emphasis about an ability needed by people on board (10)
The skill needed to steer a boat is an anagram of EMPHASIS around AN.
13 Shooting aid that’s more portable assembled inside (5,5)
Something to help you shoot (a photo!) is a word meaning easier to carry, more portable with a word meaning assembled or encountered within.
16 British businessmen taking interest in kitchen appliances (8)
Products that are found in your kitchen are revealed by taking B (British) and adding the name of people who make their living out of charging interest.
23 Piano needed for lots of tunes — and drums, often (4)
And another of our setter’s trademark hidden answers. However here the answer appears hidden not once but twice!
Good luck with the puzzle. And it’s goodnight from me and goodnight from him…
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