Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2895 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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Good Sunday morning from Winnipeg on this Easter Day. I won’t comment on the weather because it is totally messed up here.
Another very enjoyable and very typical Sunday puzzle from Virgilius; but, thankfully, he is in a much more benevolent frame of mind than he was last Sunday. A couple of double definitions, three homophones, a sprinkling of anagrams, and, I think, some oldies, and some not so oldies, but goodies. One of Kath’s ‘favourite’ games also makes an appearance, albeit in a retrograde fashion.
My favourite is 22d.
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:
7a Cause of visual problem producing fall (8)
We open with one of the double definitions; the first part should be obvious, and the second is a type of waterfall.
11a Massive part of our capital, in statement (8)
The first homophone (in statement) based on part of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
12a Crooked merchant confused backer with mere talk (5,9)
Anagram (confused) of BACKER and MERE TALK..
17a This is odd – without leader, it’s the opposite (5)
An odd number, which when the first letter is removed (without leader) is the opposite of odd.
19a It sounds like search for religious type (4)
The second homophone (it sounds like) a synonym for search is a religion originating in the Indian sub-continent.
23a Quick to contain damage where drugs are sold (8)
A synonym for quick with a crossword favourite synonym for damage inside (to contain).
27a Royal son ultimately put in charge? (6)
The last letter (ultimately) of soN inserted in a synonym for charge as shown on a label.
28a Flower I water is ruined (8)
Anagram (ruined) of I WATER IS.
1d Collection of tiny moving parts in old-fashioned timer (4)
What is in a timer that can be used while boiling eggs.
4d Initially play a part in conditional release (6)
The first letter (initially) of Play, the A from the clue, and a dramatic part.
5d Gains, we hear, inspired teachers (8)
The third homophone (we hear) of (monetary) gains gives biblical teachers.
8d In office of rival paper, occasionally (2,5)
The second double definition, the first part indicates being in the offices of The Thunderer (without the definite article).
14d Dance in Scotland including very lively celebration (5)
Scottish dance containing the single letter for very.
18d Kind of pasta that’s new, lots and lots (7)
The single letter for new and a one word synonym for lots and lots – I am 99.99% certain that I have hinted this one before.
22d Threaten to go out, say, after midnight? (6)
A synonym for say after the middle letter of niGht is a verb indicating that a flame might self-extinguish.
26d Issue great healer proverbially raised (4)
Synonym for issue that is the reversal (raised) of the fourth dimension, as proposed by Lagrange in a paper published in 1788.
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Back to blaming my sister this week, ‘un morceau de jazz,’ as Hank Marvin, using his best franglais, says in the introduction, which was on the first Shadows’ album in 1961. No prizes for guessing that the title is Marvin reversed: