Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 100008 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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An unusually early Christmas lunch, to accommodate Son of BD who is working 2:00 pm till 9:00 pm today, has delayed these hints.
This puzzle is only available online as there are no newspapers today.
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 A temperature examined and reported in trial (8)
A and T(emperature) followed by a verb meaning examined
5a A Christmas Carol quartet — good entertainers (6)
G(ood) followed by some entertainers – this quartet represent Jacob Marley, Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Here’s how Disney represented one of them:
13a One of three I saw arriving this morning, going by air? Sea, actually (4)
One of three in a carol (air) that I saw come sailing in on Christmas Day
16a Open anger that may be smouldering in church (12)
An adjective meaning open or honest followed by a verb meaning to anger
21a Servant a long time retained by vessel’s bosses (4,8)
A three-letter words for a servant and a long time inside a large passenger ship and the S from ‘S
27a Resort around spring in part of Europe (5)
A resort that is based around a natural spring followed by IN from the clue
30a Run repeatedly into my hospital for medicinal gum (5)
R(un) and R(un) (repeatedly) inside MY from the clue and H(ospital)
31a Small quantity of liquor, or two other drinks (6)
Split as (3,3) this gives two other drinks
1d Property stupid people distributed over time (6)
Some stupid people around (distributed over) T(ime)
3d Dispatch a pair of players north to get instrument (5,4)
A verb meaning to dispatch or kill, the A from the clue and a pair of bridge players, all reversed (north in a down clue)
4d At Christmas they traditionally help themselves? Not half! (5)
Drop the first half of a word in the clue
6d Three fliers from France sent to me after three others (4)
… the other three being a partridge and two turtle doves
8d Cast start retiring (3)
Three separate definitions
15d Third descriptor of Boxing Day snow is not odd (4)
The snow on Boxing Day was described as deep and crisp and …..
20d Crazily firing without notice — that’s demeaning (5,3)
An anagram (crazily) of FIRING around a two-letter notice
23d In game on board, mostly moves cautiously (6)
IN from the clue followed by most of a board game
28d Short publication I provided for some on Christmas journey with travel guide (4)
A three-letter abbreviation for a publication followed by I from the clue gives one of the people guided by a star (travel guide) at the first Christmas
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