Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2872 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Tilsit
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I gather a good day was had in York and there may be one or two sore heads this morning. We’ll no doubt see the evidence a bit later.
Here we are with the Sunday challenge and it was a bit harder than usual today from our Sunday Setter. I found the top right corner a bit tricky but got there in the end after a face palm moment with 5 down. Thanks to the Fragrant One for helping me understand 1 across. One of those where I had the answer, but couldn’t quite see the wood for the trees.
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:
7a With half-hearted role in King Lear, let down fan (8)
I had to seek guidance from the lovely Crypticsue for this one, as I couldn’t see the wood for the trees. Got the answer but not how I arrived at it. Take a four lettered character in King Lear, lose one of the middle letters, and add something that means to let down. This gives you a word for a fan.
10a Ask about positions, we hear, providing work for painter (6)
Painting one end of racing boat and sails (tablet version of the clue)
The version for the majority of us to solve is a homonym for to ask for opinions which gives us something an artist uses.
The tablet version is a very nice three definition clue
11a Careful providing husband with love when in depression (8)
A word for a depression (in both senses of the word) has the abbreviations for husband and love inside to describe what you are when careful.
12a One piece of text many deem tabu (4-6,4)
One of Brian’s clever clues. The whole thing describes this and half of the clue may be seen as examples of this!
19a Not quite long enough time for world revolution (4)
I rather liked this clever clue. A word meaning to long, minus its last letter (not quite…) is the time it takes the earth to revolve around the sun.
20a Train one performing, not so good at poker? (14)
Take a type of train, add the numeral for one, what you are said to be when performing and a way of saying not so. This gives you a trait for playing poker and bridge, for that matter!
25a Author that may get drunk in wine bar? Doesn’t sound like it (6)
The name of an author (there’s a tiny clue in the picture) and the name of the type of wine, although they are pronounced differently.
28a A statement of the obvious about Left’s consideration for others (8)
The word for the concept of being considerate for other people is found by taking A and the word for an obvious statement and inserting L (left)
1d Travellers in European city, as they know it there (4)
The name for people who lead a travelling lifestyle is the name of a European capital in the news, but how it is known to its inhabitants.
2d Musical old organ (6)
The name of a famous musical is found by taking O (old) and adding the name of an organ of the body. Here’s your earworm for today!
5d Game that’s not competitive (8)
The name of a famous game is also the name for a type of company that has no competition.
6d Upset star, in embracing old dramatists (10)
An anagram of STAR IN contains a word for old to lead you to a type of playwright.
13d Like scores requiring a lot of players (10)
If you don’t think sporting but musical, you should solve this nicely misleading clue.
16d Falling pound cutting capital (8)
A word meaning falling is found by putting the one letter abbreviation for pound inside a synonym for ‘Capital!’
21d Is misogynistic after first becomes last (6)
Take a word for a misogynist and drop the first letter to the end for something that means is.
26d Like a piece of cake or pie? (4)
Something that is a piece of cake or said to be like pie can be this.
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Today I have selected a couple of tracks by lesser known girl singers [BD]
I Know (You Don’t Love Me No More) by Barbara George and Bumble Bee by LaVern Baker