Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2893 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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Good Sunday morning from Winnipeg. The spring thaw is in full flow, and so are the rivers around this part of the Province with serious risks of flooding in some areas.
Another very enjoyable and very typical Sunday puzzle from Virgilius with a couple of lurkers, three double definitions, and only a handful of anagrams.
My favourite is 16d.
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 County participated in game called unimportant (10)
One of the six counties of NI and a single word for participated in game.
6a Academic briefly omitting one zero in mathematical work (4)
What is produced to support, for example, a mathematical theorem with an O removed (omitting one zero).
12a Condition people included in public announcement that’s exaggerated (13)
A synonym for public or visible, containing (included in) synonyms for condition and people (this was easier to describe than I thought it would be).
15a Blunder as writer is taken in by male charm (8)
IS from the clue inserted between (taken in by) the single letter for male and a synonym for charm.
17a Small computer peripheral, one that runs fast (8)
Single letter for small and what ‘hard’ copy is produced on.
22a Where some top people reside, deserting town for resort (7,6)
An anagram (for resort) of DESERTING TOWN is where top government ministers reside.
25a Football team second to enter stadium, then left (7)
Synonym for stadium, containing (to enter) the single letter for second with the single letter for left at the end (then).
The team’s old (now demolished) and new (under construction here) stadia.
27a Race to have tiny addition to letter put in post (10)
A type of (typically horse) race with a synonym for post (in the ground) containing (put in) a usual three letter synonym for tiny and the acronym for an addition to a letter.
1d Female appearing in Verdi, vainly? (4)
One of the lurkers found in (appearing in) the last two words is a female who might well appear in something written by Verdi.
2d Military commander‘s news about area followed by both sides (7)
A synonym (perhaps uncommon) for news containing (about) the single letter for area and the single letters for both sides.
3d Part of Christianity supporting check on opponents before mass (13)
The three letter word for supporting, a synonym for check on, a synonym for opponents (of a proposal?), and a single letter for mass (this was also easier to describe than I thought it would be).
8d Excellent start for education (5-5)
One of the double definitions, the second one is where a new student would start.
11d Harass about property deals, providing information for media (5,8)
A synonym for harass, the two letter preposition for about, and types of property deals give what an organisation considers newsworthy.
16d Without gardening tool, method to produce roadside border (8)
A three letter word for method to produce outside (without – BRB checked) a gardening tool used to keep lawns looking neat.
18d At short notice, conflict arises — info awaiting analysis (3,4)
Reversal (arises) of all of AT from the clue, the usual two letter notice, and a three letter synonym for conflict give info that has just been collected.
23d Like some bruises near the knuckle (4)
Another of the double definitions, a colour that is exhibited by some bruises, or that describes written/spoken material that might be offensive.
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One of my own (double) favourites this week. A great 1961 composition, from Pensford, Somerset’s own Acker Bilk, played by a well known saxophonist Kenny G – so this is probably being played on a soprano saxophone (a straight one) rather than a clarinet as played by the composer. Originally entitled Jenny for Acker Bilk’s daughter, but changed to Stranger on the Shore after it was decided to use it as the theme for a BBC TV series of the same name.