Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2890 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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Good Sunday morning from Winnipeg. This week, Mother Nature reminded us that it is still winter (until the vernal equinox on March 20th). A major system blew through (literally) on Monday and Tuesday – starting with rain, then, as the mercury dropped, changing to freezing rain, finally changing to snow, and blowing snow, with winds gusting up to 50 mph – and we got back into the deep freeze with ‘high’ temperatures in the middle minus teens.
Lots of good rugby on Friday and Saturday, although the results may not be liked by everyone. And, if I have got it right, bonus points don’t appear to have had any real impact. With one round of matches to go, France and Wales might be swapping positions in the table under the ‘old’ points system (I think).
Virgilius has provided us with another very typical and very enjoyable Sunday puzzle, but I did find it to be the trickiest since I started doing the Sunday hints.
My favourite is 11a, a certain lady appears again!
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 Highly regarded part of speech on our education (8)
A lurker (part of) in the last four words of the clue.
10a Quartet playing that’s regularly shown on TV (4)
The designation of four players in a card game, arranged to show a regular TV programme.
11a Creator of furniture, one seen in May, for instance (7-5)
Might be a double definition, how the PM might be described when forming a government.
17a Kind of drink with which one might get stoned (5)
A type of cocktail, or what is used to propel a stone at a target.
18a I will be found thus in Pride and Prejudice, not Sense and Sensibility (4)
How many times the first letter of the clue is found in each of the ‘main’ words of the first title.
21a Decisively winning point in court, usually? Excellent! (8)
Performing a type of stroke in a court game can also be used for excellent.
23a Trousers seen after session — they’re hard to miss (7,5)
Synonym for a session (e.g. of Parliament), followed by (seen after) trousers, named after the type of cotton fabric they are made from, give easy targets.
28a Drunken parties around area creating problem for host (8)
Anagram (drunken) of PARTIES and the single letter for area gives a living thing that lives on another.
2d Recovered from illness, we hear, passed at higher level (8)
A four letter synonym for recovered followed by a four letter homophone (we hear) of a, typically winter, illness describes how an aircraft passed across land en route.
3d Wrong subtractions standing in the way of enlightenment (12)
An individual who does not want enlightenment from an anagram of SUBTRACTIONS – a new word for me, which I will probably never use.
6d Political group withdrew from house, partly (4,4)
Double definition, the second indicates departure from part of a house.
8d Poetic device exemplified in Keats and Yeats (3-5)
Words in poetry when seen are spelled the same, but are pronounced differently.
12d Dunce securing prize thus for branch of science (12)
Three letter synonym for dunce containing (securing) the team prize awarded at a sports competition and a three letter synonym (frequentlyly used parenthetically) for thus.
16d Team’s method for event, not the main one (8)
An alternative for team, followed by a means of presentation.
21d More roguish fighter that takes a bow (6)
Double definition, the second shoots arrows.
25d Notice rising politician, moderate (4)
The favourite two letter notice reversed (rising) and the two letter politician.
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Last Sunday, the poorly schooled orphan boy wrote, ‘Maybe I will listen to some of the great work produced by Dylan in the seventies and every decade thereafter.’ This was originally released in 2006, but is it a great work?