Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2886 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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Good Sunday morning from Winnipeg. Having sunk well into the deep freeze in the middle of the week just gone by with more snow, and highs around -20C (-30C with wind chill), 10C below seasonal normal (whatever that means), we are supposed to reach a balmy -2C today (8C above seasonal normal). Just for fun, the photos below illustrate two aspects of a Canadian winter. The first shows a snow ‘disposal’ site; ploughed snow is cleared from the sides of the roads and car parks of all sizes and deposited at these sites (the base is something like 5 or 6 football pitches side by side). This ‘mountain’ will probably take until June to disappear naturally. The second is of a snow sculpture as part of the Festival du Voyageur – the annual winter festival held in Winnipeg in the second half of February; large blocks of snow are created at various intersections around the city for the sculptors to do their thing (and hope that there is not a sudden heat wave).
The training wheels are still on, but no supervision today. In response to LabradorsruleOK comment/request on last Sunday’s blog, as I gain more experience/confidence working with WordPress you might get to see more ‘adventurous’ submissions.
Another very typical and very enjoyable Sunday puzzle from Virgilius which I completed at a fast canter, and I enjoyed the two 14 letter clues being non-anagrams (except for the first element of 9d).
Don’t forget to follow BD’s instructions in red at the bottom of the hints!
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 Child including effect of sunshine as part of nature study (6)
A male child containing the result of sunbathing.
4a Audibly disapproves of private accommodation? (8)
Not the homophone perhaps suggested by audibly, but a double definition the second of which houses the lowliest of the military.
13a Silly people coming from the North a lot (7)
The single letter for North and an informal word for a lot (also gives an oriental form of pasta – had to say that so I could include the photo).
18a Son moved in gas meter – that’s better (8)
Concatenate gas and meter (it’s OK, Miffypops doesn’t make postings on weekend blogs), and move the single letter for son to the right to create someone who likes a flutter.
25a Tenacious fighter has row about blunder (7)
An oldie but goodie? A regular four letter row containing a three letter blunder gives a nickname for a member of the reserve forces (or a lovable pooch).
26a Left Red Sea port with cargo aboard (5)
Single letter for left and a Red Sea port to give a synonym for loaded (although my atlas suggests the port is just outside the Red Sea).
27a Small low object seen in evening out (9)
A charade based on the first three words – single letter for small, the cattle ‘noise,’ and another word for object.
29a With short notice, check about new arrival (6)
The two letter notice, three letter word for check containing the single letter for new gives the religious season that precedes Christmas.
1d Literary group‘s bad luck covered by mistake (4,4)
An anagram (bad) of luck inside a palindromic mistake.
5d Good person in commercial vehicle helping management (14)
Start with a two letter commercial, the favourite small vehicle and good person, and finish with a serving.
8d Major split as church is beset by extremes of sectarianism (6)
One of the two letter abbreviations for church and is (from the clue) inside the outside letters of sectarianism gives a serious break in unity of an organization.
9d Female supporters having been awful over fine players (14)
Anagram (awful) of been, single letter for fine, and female cast members gives some of those who support, usually with money.
16d Released learner I rebuked (9)
Single letter for learner, I (from the clue), and a synonym for rebuked.
19d Lack of inhibition in a group of musicians performing (7)
A (from the clue), a musical group, and a two letter synonym for performing give carefree behaviour.
22d Hue and cry that’s painful (6)
A four letter cry and a two letter exclamation when something is painful give a primary colour.
24d Location of instruments from crashed plane (5)
Anagram (crashed) of plane.
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Well, having worked on drafting this week’s blog for more than a couple of days and increasing my experience/confidence working with WordPress in the process, just for LabradorsruleOK:
A bit of a ‘one (or two) hit wonder,’ but, when I was at the RAF College (many years ago), Paper Lace appeared regularly at mess functions (before they were famous).