Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2894 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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Good Sunday morning from Winnipeg. Apart from the ‘snow mountains,’ just about all the snow and ice has disappeared, but the rivers are still well above ‘normal’ levels.
Another very enjoyable and very typical Sunday puzzle from Virgilius; however, it probably caused me the most head scratching, in terms of both solving and hinting, since I started as the Sunday blogger. There are a couple of clues where you will have to consider all possible pronunciations of one or two words.
My favourite is 5d.
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 Problem for canine — it’s seized by rodent (6)
Where canine is a tooth, IT from the clue inside (seized by) a rodent also known as a guinea pig.
10a Extreme way to dominate as speaker? (9)
Combine a synonym for speak, followed by a synonym for majority which as (5,4) could describe what a dominating speaker does.
13a Be in charge, initially performing live (7)
First letter (initially) of Performing and a synonym of live (in a house).
15a Flatter son and family member with extra love (8)
Single letter for son, and one of his parents containing (with extra) the numerical representation of the familiar starting score in tennis.
20a Better protected, back in secure fastness (5)
Reverse lurker (back in) in the last two words of the clue.
25a Second slight cut in flower (7)
Single letter for second and a synonym for slight (lack of respect) with the last letter removed (cut) give an ‘oldie but goodie’ type of crocus.
27a Otherwise taken in by absurdly amusing fool (9)
Two letter synonym for otherwise inside (taken in by) an anagram (absurdly) of AMUSING.
29a Write name on flag (6)
Three letter synonym for write, single letter for name, and ON from the clue, often attached to a lance.
1d Cook’s vessel, in cloud, ran on the rocks (8)
A large cooking vessel formed from an anagram (on the rocks) of CLOUD RAN.
5d A little upset, as is company covered by urgent analysis of info (4,10)
Another term for a little reversed (upset, . . .), and the abbreviation for company reversed (. . . as is) inside a synonym for urgent.
7d Carpenters fear it, call it last thing needed in house (7)
Synonym for call, IT from the clue and the last letter (last thing needed in) of housE.
9d Explanation of position’s requirements for patient? (3,11)
An OT prophet (for patient?), and a synonym of explanation define an employee’s duties – I changed the indication of the definition more than once, and I may not have it right. Changed again – thanks to all for the inputs.
16d In fact, ask for certain unit with mission (4,5)
Lurker contained in second to fourth words of the clue.
17d Some pianos being played for young relative (8)
A type of (some) piano, and an anagram (being played) of some of the letters of PIANOS – that’s the way I see it, I am not sure everyone will agree.
Or – A name for large pianos and a two letter word for being played or working.
21d Pro celebrity turned up as leader of crew (7)
Synonym of pro, and a synonym of a celebrity reversed (turned up).
24d Run away with official authorization, in short (5)
A two word phrase (3,2) for run away combined to give an abbreviated/informal word for the definition.
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This week, another selection from Kath’s ‘little’ list of favourites from a few weeks ago: