Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2892 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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Good Sunday morning from Winnipeg. Springtime is getting going (sort of), chilly mornings, but approaching positive double digit high temperatures.
Mr Robert Zimmerman’s alter ego is appearing here in July. The venue is a (ice) hockey arena (that is multi-purposed for extra revenue) but, given that ticket prices range from the Canadian equivalent of £90 (up in the ‘gods’ (a.k.a. the ‘nosebleed’ section)) to £450 (sitting on the (arena) floor), and there is no double billing with Enya, I think I will pass.
Virgilius has provided us with another very typical and very enjoyable Sunday puzzle, although he seems to have followed the recent trend of a ‘clue count’ that is on the low side (28 total today).
My favourite is 27a.
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 Had a get-together in spacecraft cut short (6)
Double definition, the result of a ‘meet up’ between two spacecraft or the procedure on a dog’s tail.
4a Number of staff available, holding captured enemy in half-hearted way (8)
The three letter abbreviation for captured enemy inside a synonym for way with one of the middle letters removed (half-hearted).
11a In some respect, a clever display (9)
The first of a couple of lurkers inside (in some) the third to fifth words of the clue.
13a Traveller’s guide eventually abridged (5)
The concatenation of a synonymic two word phrase for eventually with the last letter removed (abridged) gives a guide named after a Greek god.
14a Dig up seed scattered around end of plot that’s detached (13)
A synonym for dig up (from a grave), followed by an anagram (scattered) of SEED containing (around) the last letter of ploT.
23a Turn aside, having frantically tried to break up fire (9)
A synonym for fire (from employment) containing (to break up) an anagram (frantically) of TRIED.
25a In East Germany, finally abandoned fairness (6)
The single letter for East and the last letter (finally) of Germany containing (in) a synonym for abandoned.
27a First edition taken to cleaners (6)
A synonym for first and the abbreviation form of edition gives a synonym for well beaten.
1d Money equally divided by six wanting to avoid conflict (6)
A slang word for money containing (divided by) the Roman numeral for 6.
2d Study taken care of and maintained (9)
The favourite three letter synonym for study and a synonym for taken care of give a synonym for maintained (e.g. a position in a debate).
6d Nobility always poetically expressed in part of book (7)
The poetic synonym for always contained in a single element of a book.
8d Perhaps Odysseus conceals this ecstatic expression of feeling (8)
A second lurker (conceals this) in the first two words of the clue.
12d Stupidly put secret agent in most prominent position (6,5)
Anagram (stupidly put) of SECRET AGENT gives a prominent theatrical position.
18d Elizabethan courtier who brought King Edward’s predecessor (7)
The courtier and explorer who brought a new vegetable back from across the pond of which KE is a variety.
19d Opposed to what, for the French, is old-fashioned (7)
A four letter synonym for opposed to and the French for what (remember ignore punctuation in a clue).
22d Flourish as learner in time of prosperity (5)
The single letter for learner inside (in) a synonym for a time of prosperity.
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A fairly random selection for today’s musical offering, but I recall that Kath listed Billy Joel in her list of favourites (notice, a list not a single favourite) a couple of weeks ago: