Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2897 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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Good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, back home after spending the work week in Calfornia.
Another very enjoyable and very typical Sunday puzzle from Virgilius. Once again, I thought he was in a benevolent frame of mind; half a dozen anagrams, a couple of double definitions, a single lurker, and that board game making another ‘appearance.’
My favourite is 1d.
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 Sailor taken in by awfully silly info about courses (7)
An anagram (awfully) of SILLY containing the favourite two letters for a sailor gives some descriptive documents.
9a Tired as we are, tucking in one daughter (7)
WE ARE from the clue containing (tucking in) the single letter for one and ending with the single letter for daughter.
11a Cub that comes out at night? (4,5)
A heavenly constellation that could be a young animal.
15a Appearance with bishop, say, providing excellent example (9)
A synonym of appearance and one of the items used in a board game of which bishop is an example (say).
22a Run away from predator, going west then north (5)
A four legged predator reversed (going west) and the single letter for north.
23a Perfect being lighter? Not so (9)
A type of lighter used for starting a fire and a synonym for not so.
26a Nice location, area by stream I’ll be found in (7)
Start with a type of large stream, insert I from the clue (‘ll be found in), and finish with the single letter for area; this gives the location of a French city.
28a Fabric taken to the cleaners (7)
A double definition; the second indicates losing badly (I think this one might generate some discussion).
1d Fine result of cutting deal, say (7)
The residue from cutting the type of material of which deal is an example (say).
3d A vote on island initially making self-evident statement (5)
A from the clue, how a vote will be indicated in May and June, and the three letters for an island in the Irish Sea.
4d Units used in one Eastern country or another (9)
An Eastern country containing another term for the right hand column in basic arithmetic gives another Eastern country.
7d John or James, for example, having pale ale outside (7)
ALE from the clue containing a synonym for pale (think fencing).
8d Like many European languages in court (7)
A double definition; the first is a descriptive word for European languages developed from a single source.
17d Fed up and exploited, prevented from going off (7)
FED from the clue reversed (up) followed by a synonym for exploited.
20d Grant, as president, lacking identity (7)
A synonym for grant created by removing (lacking) the two letters for identity from president.
24d Linger, however, after partners have left (5)
A synonym for linger (annoyingly perhaps) created by removing (have left) two card game players form however.
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This one hit wonder from 1969 was playing in Silky Sullivan’s Irish Pub in Fountain Valley, California while I was supping some of Dublin’s finest ‘food in a glass’ on Thursday: