Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2833 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Tilsit
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Difficulty *** / Enjoyment ****
Morning everyone. After a lovely day yesterday surrounded by the great and the good, it’s back to business today with the Sunday Puzzle by Brian and it is to be fair a little tougher than yesterday’s Daily, but no less enjoyable, and packed with clues that are always fair. 22 across is one of those magical clues that most setters would give their eye teeth to find. Just splendid.
Hopefully the pictures will be allowed out later, and tomorrow there’ll be another souvenir of yesterday with the release of s special Rookie Corner with many of the guests yesterday each contributing a clue. Do look out for it.
It’s also a sad morning today with the news of the passing of Sir Terry Wogan. It feels a bit like we’re losing so many people who’ve always been there. R I P. Togmeister,
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:
1a Secret fortune I moved around for criminals making money (14)
Let’s start with an anagram of SECRET FORTUNE I to give you criminals who do dodgy things making fake money.
9a First-class fare may be enhanced by its addition (7)
This is a double definition clue: a word that meaning first-class is also something that may go on top of a dessert or cake to enhance it slightly.
14a With precision, switch position after position (4-2)
An expression that people use to say ‘Exactly!’ is made up of two words that can mean position. The first as in a location and the second being one of two positions for a switch.
17a Aquatic animals in a river seen by crew (8)
Another name for the creature known as the sea-cow. After a word for a team-member goes A and the name of a NE river.
22a For which you need to search within this clue (4)
A lovely hidden answer, one of the trademarks of our setter. Hidden inside the clue is a word that is exactly what you look for in any cryptic clue to help you find the answer.
26a Writer above doing double-entry bookkeeping? (9,5)
This was probably the hardest for me today. This is a cryptic definition for someone up above who sits alongside Him/Her upstairs and makes note of all the good and bad things you’ve done, hence the double-entry.
1d Trim young lady that’s found in sailor’s arms (7)
The name for something carried by most old sailors and pirates. This is a wordsum. A word for a young lady is added to something that means trim or slice.
3d Cause the fall of Republican in end (4)
What makes someone fall is found by putting R (Republican) inside something that means the end of an object, for example the point of a snooker cue.
7d Radically changing development in revolt (15)
A double definition. A word that means radically changing (as in society) is also the way some people change things by dramatic means.
CORRECTION (Thanks to Virgilius!) A word meaning development or growth goes inside one for a revolt to gives something that means radically changing.
13d Distress evident in low capital for some South Americans (10)
The name of one of the biggest cities in S America is an anagram (distress) of EVIDENT inside a word meaning low, as in the noise of a cow.
20d In terrible winter, suddenly arrived, like blizzard? (4,2)
Another hidden answer. Inside TERRIBLE WINTER is an expression that refers to the way how an icy blast enters our lives. Think of the old saying about MARCH and how it arrives and leaves weather-wise.
23d A harvest unfinished in field (4)
A word for a region, field or space is made up of A and a word that means harvest that is unfinished.
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