Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2863 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +
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 Partner that means to manage economically (7)
Two definitions – a male partner and a rather dated verb meaning to manage economically
5a Start of Euroscepticism in British right and left as well (7)
The initial letter (start) of E[uroscepticism] splits B(ritish) and how right and left can be collectively described
10a Deliverer of stinging attack, a tirade about money one’s lost (4,3)
The A from the clue and a tirade around M[ONE]Y without (lost) the ONE
11a Persuasive speech on behalf of king that was held by revolting peasant? (9)
A persuasive sales speech is followed by a three-letter preposition meaning on behalf of and K(ing) – If you “bunged in” a word that fits the checking letters and can’t resolve the wordplay, like I very nearly did, then it is probably wrong and I hope you learn from the experience!
12a Fabric — what’ll need to be cut from that to make hat? (5)
A typical Virgilius clue – simply answer (1,4) the question posed by the wordplay
19a When we first see the light daily, no longer sleeping (5)
A daily newspaper followed by a two-letter word meaning no longer sleeping, hence out of bed
22a Variation of rumba in Eastern state recalled (5)
… this state is now known by a different name, which is why “recalled” is used
23a Get back from European capital, initially in great joy (9)
E(uropean) and the initial letter of C[apital] inside a word meaning great joy
27a Prepared to play, covering what’s on top of charts — met with derision (7)
A verb meaning prepared a piece for an orchestra to play around (covering) the compass direction found at the top of most charts
28a Casually draws lots, following first of decisions (7)
A colloquial word meaning lots preceded by (following) the initial letter (first) of D[ecisions]
1d Son splitting stolen drug found in dangerous area (3,4)
S(on) between an adjective meaning stolen and a Class B drug – I had to look up that last bit!
3d A desire that Daphnis and Chloe have in common (5)
The A from the clue followed by a desire gives the expanded version of the only letter which is found in both Daphnis and Chloe
This version of Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe, by the late Isao Tomita, is a recent addition to my CD collection
5d Expressionless as pound gets deposited? (5)
Just deposit the symbol for a pound sterling inside a financial institution
6d Occasionally making an admiring remark about one of our rivals? (9)
I suppose that if you split this as (4,5) and say it in a particular way it could mean making an admiring remark about one of our (the Telegraph’s) rivals, but I don’t find it very convincing
16d Provided cosmetic treatment to my satisfied patient? (9)
Split as (3,1,5) this could mean my satisfied patient
18d Country in which work’s bound to be completed (7)
Two definitions – the second being a material used in bookbinding
21d American author set up second literary type (7)
The three-letter surname of an American author is followed by the reversal (up in a down clue) of SET and S(econd)
24d Heads for paved area that is outside, such as this (5)
The initial letters (heads) of five words in the clue give something loosely defined by those five words
As this is a Prize crossword, please don’t put any ANSWERS, whether WHOLE, PARTIAL or INCORRECT, or any ALTERNATIVE CLUES in your comment.
Please read these instructions carefully. Offending comments may be redacted or deleted.
|Today we have a couple of early records.
The one by Ike Turner under the name Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats, recorded in 1951, is arguably the first ever Rock’n’Roll record.
The other, a 1952 recording by Merrill Moore, is a particular favourite of mine.