Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2896 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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Good Sunday morning from Winnipeg on this St George’s Day – thanks to BD for the Rose in the banner. The weather is still crazy here; 17 degrees and sunshine on Friday, 3 degrees and mixed precipitation (a.k.a. rain, sleet, and snow) yesterday, with a promise of 4 degrees and sunshine today.
Yesterday, I enjoyed doing something I really like – judging at the Manitoba Schools Science Fair. It is amazing what the young scientists get into and how good they are at presenting their projects.
Another very enjoyable and very typical Sunday puzzle from Virgilius; I think that he is in a very benevolent frame of mind this week with a couple of lurkers, not too many anagrams, and Kath’s favourite Oxonian making an appearance.
My favourite is 13a (with 4a and 21d joint runners-up).
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 Part of lab of fine researcher (6)
A nice way to start, with a simple lurker contained in (part of) the third to fifth words of the clue.
8a It’s hard, still, with all locks removed (8)
The single letter for hard followed by a synonym for still when it might indicate the calm before the storm.
12a Garment technocrat redesigned (10)
Anagram (redesigned) of TECHNOCRAT.
13a Livid because of bruising, dismal, also sad (5-3-4)
A hyphenated string of synonyms of the last three words of the clue.
16a Some fieldwork producing monarchist spiel? (12)
Using a long handled tool that when split (5,3,4) could be a presentation to support a monarch.
21a Diminutive daughter in dock, for example (4)
The synonym for diminutive (popular north of the border) and the single letter for daughter give an unwanted plant.
23a Attempt to include a garment that’s absurd imitation (8)
A three letter synonym for attempt containing a type of under-garment.
25a Run after swimmer or ice-hockey player, say (6)
The definition is an example of (say) the cricket notation for what is scored following a type of fish.
1d Carry sort of bale, within limits of what one can take (8)
A synonym for carry (a load) and an anagram (sort of) of BALE.
3d Reluctance to move in time is holding it up (7)
IN from the clue, a three letter synonym for time containing IT reversed (up).
6d Notice threat to king in random inspection (4,5)
A synonym for notice and a potential end-game situation in a (popular?) board game.
9d Profligate type raced around new seaside plant (11)
A three letter synonym for raced containing (around) the single letter for new and a plant found on the seashore (BRB verified).
14d Round off, I agree, in excellent style (9)
A synonym for round off, I from the clue, and a synonym for agree (on numbers).
17d Decisively beat in recount, with constituents reorganised (7)
Anagram (with constituents reorganized) of RECOUNT – I think this is the longest anagram indicator I have ever seen.
18d Be entitled to command as soldier, having got away from king (7)
A single word synonym for having got away from and one of the single letters for king.
21d What is cut by combine, ultimately? (5)
WHAT from the clue containing the last letter (ultimately) of combinE.
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This week’s selection was prompted by 1d in DT 28406 on Thursday: