Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2849 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Tilsit
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Morning all! While BD sleeps off the excesses of yesterday’s Derby
booze up meeting of minds, I’ve popped in to look after the Sunday puzzle. It’s another absolute belter from Brian G who produces such high quality puzzles every week. So many really clever clues to savour. New and aspiring setters would do well to study how he puts together such clever misleading and amusing definitions and ways of playing with words. I have the help today of Dexter the cat who feels its helpful to cover up of the keyboard while I type.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.
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.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow:
1a It serves food boy’s first cutting on plate so badly (10)
A tool used to serve smaller portions of food is found by taking B (Boy’s first) and putting it in an anagram of ON PLATE SO.
9a Bridges are burnt once you’ve crossed this river (7)
The name of a famous Roman river is used in an expression meaning that when you have traversed it you have burnt your bridges and can’t go back.
12a Activity in court to suppress fraudulent operations (6,7)
The court here is a sporting one, the first word of the phrase means to suppress (as in an injunction) and the second is a word for dodgy dealings.
17a Poet’s written about English doctor (8)
The name of a famous English poet who was known by initials (AE) rather than a first name. Inside his name goes E and this gives you a word for a hospital doctor.
22a It’s more trouble than it’s worth, chess player found before big game (5,8)
One of my favourites (of many today), the name for one of the two participants in a chess match (think colour) is added to one of the African big game creatures to give a phrase for something that is more trouble than it’s worth.
25a Tricky part of course from which I can exit (7)
Our setter loves to include at least one hidden answer in every puzzle and here’s today’s! It’s the part of a motor racing circuit that is hazardous to get through.
27a Plays role differently, with new insertion for my part (10)
An anagram of PLAYS ROLE with N inside gives an adjective that means my part in something.
1d One of the letters repeatedly needed by tenant for rent (4)
Another clever Brian G wordplay clue. A word meaning rent or ripped is how you might describe the two repeated letters in the word TENANT.
3d Men agree on cut in exchange for incentive (13)
An anagram of MEN AGREE ON CUT gives a word for an incentive or perk to do something,
5d Spectator as weekly publication (8)
The name for one of the Sunday Telegraph’s rivals is another word for a spectator.
8d Fragrant flower daughter grew under a screen (6,4)
Probably the most obscure answer today. A type of flower known for its scent is found by taking D (daughter) and A plus a word for a cover. This all goes on top of something that means grew,
11d Official authorising unusually direct note in suit (13)
A tricky one to work out. A word meaning authorising of something is found by putting an anagram of DIRECT and A (a note) inside a word for a court case.
13d Within reason, is subsequently as feeble (5-5)
This is tricky and clever. An expression meaning feeble is found by putting both IS and AS each inside the question asked to find out a reason.
18d Fabulous creature in tunic, worn unopened in each case (7)
The name of a mythical creature is found by taking the words TUNIC and WORN and losing their first letters.
23d Brave editor stood up, finally, being extremely selective (4)
A word meaning to brave something is found by taking a short way of saying editor and reversing it and selecting the first and last letters of FINALLY.
Hope you have as much fun as I did solving this. Now off you go! I’m off to lecture a cat on the art of keyboard sitting.
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