Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2871 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Tilsit
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And firstly a big congratulations to everyone who took part in yesterday’s Times Crossword Championships and a tenth victory for the amazing solving machine known as Mark Goodliffe (he’s the setter Mr Magoo). Bravo to our very own Crypticsue who made the Final where everyone was greeted with a fairly tough set of puzzles. I haven’t seen the other results yet, so can’t comment on how others did. I believe only seven completed the Final’s three puzzles within the hour. I was lucky enough to be one of the testers and thought they would be challenging. Of course, this means our fragrant blogger gets to go back next year!
One of the semi-final puzzles was by our beloved Sunday setter and it has to be said, he’s on slightly more gentle form here today. It’s well up to the usual standard of Sunday teasers and was a nice solve over my morning porridge and Beethoven’s 7th for tuneful accompaniment. Plenty to bring on the usual Sunday smiles and a little head-scratching.
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 Record vehicle at home, one constructed of wood (3,5)
The name for a type of wooden building is found by taking a word for a record or annal, adding a vehicle you hire and what you are when at home.
9a Work out duty guarding monarch (8)
A type of duty think of the old phrase ‘Customs and …..’. Insert the abbreviation for a current monarch and you get a word meaning work out, or workout.
11a Mingled to blend in, at a thing that’s outstanding for all of us (8,4)
A nice long anagram is always a good place to start and here’s where I began today. An anagram of TO BLEND IN AT A gives you something that currently stands at £1.8 trillion.
18a Boy reversing his conclusion ¬that’s curious (4)
A word for a young member of the family is reversed and the last letter of boy is added to give something that means curious.
20a Instrument made of wood set in stone (6)
A word for an old musical instrument is found by taking a type of wood and putting it inside the abbreviation for stone, as in weight.
23a Is accepted into partnership with excellent badinage (12)
This week’s lesson in bridge features the abbreviation for one of the two partnerships that play in bridge. Inside goes IS and add to this a word meaning excellent, often used by Wallace to his friend Gromit. All of this gives something that refers to badinage or patter.
28a Reject move – what’s next? (4,4)
Another wickedly clever clue from our setter. Something that means reject is made up of another word for a move in a game and adding what comes next in this puzzle!
2d Dominate circle with part of speech, getting attention (8)
What a circle can signify, plus a figure of speech and add what you give when paying attention and you have something meaning dominate.
3d Odd concern – a duty that’s performed in sets (7,5)
An anagram of CONCERN A DUTY will lead you to an activity where groups are known as sets.
4d Badly behaved without reason around ring-leader (6)
This is an unusual word meaning badly behaved, usually like a sulky teenager. A word meaning without reason or crazy has R – the first letter (leader) of ring- inside.
8d Figure of speech, oddly, to hamper or harm poet (8)
Not one, but two anagrams! The name for a figure of speech in literature or poetry is an anagram of TO HAMPER or HARM POET.
12d Completed taking in broken nets, with fish extricated (12)
Something meaning extricated is revealed by taking a short word for completed and inserting an anagram of NETS and a word meaning to fish for something.
16d Step over weapon that’s required by sentry (8)
A type of step (in ballet, think of __ de deux) goes before a type of weapon to give something needed to gain access.
19d Was a tourist making sense with proverb? (8)
This is the past participle of a verb meaning what you did as a tourist. Take one of the five senses and add an old word for a proverb.
25d Damage bed in nursery inserting spades (4)
Something meaning damage is the name for a child’s bed (that type of nursery!) with S for spades inside.
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Today I have chosen a couple of lesser-known tracks – BD
|Having not heard this tracki in a long time, it was played on yesterday’s Sounds of the 60s|