Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2898 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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Good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where it is beginning to get much warmer and we are not having the rain and flooding being experienced in Ontario and Québec.
Another very enjoyable and very typical Sunday puzzle from Virgilius, but, for me, he is not in as benevolent a mood as the last couple of weeks; half a dozen anagrams (including a couple of partials), a couple of double definitions, a homophone, and a pair of lurkers (including one in reverse).
My favourite is 13a.
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 Authorised putting soldier in front of square (8)
A three letter word for one soldier followed by a synonym for square when something is not in fashion.
11a Study of people from North misrepresented in sorry statement (12)
A statement that is issued when one is sorry containing (in) an anagram (misrepresented) of NORTH.
13a Said bad things about male in regular row (8)
The single letter for male followed by a word that means arranged in a line or in agreement.
16a Distress, we hear, that may stop runner (4)
A homophone (we hear) of a synonym for distress that may be used by an equestrian.
21a Certain extract from bulletin, if edited the wrong way (8)
A lurker (extract) found in the fourth to sixth words of the clue and reversed (the wrong way).
23a Perfectionist almost ruined first illustration in book (12)
An anagram (ruined) of PERFECTIONIS(T) less its last letter (almost).
27a Material about a Mediterranean area (8)
The favourite two letters for about followed by a name for the Eastern Mediterranean.
28a With passion, they lead astray (8)
An anagram (astray) of THEY LEAD.
2d Drive or other kind of golf shot (8)
A double definition; the second is the shot made by a golfer to get his/her ball onto the green.
4d Cutting a new pattern for unisex garment (6)
A synonym for cutting, e.g. in reference to a sarcastic comment, A from the clue, and the single letter for new – I think that the definition is a little weak.
7d How one flies extremely close to ground, mostly (4)
A synonymic phrase for extremely close to ground with its last letter deleted (mostly).
12d Biography with some text that’s appropriate for killer (4,8)
The type of story that is a biography followed by a meaningful collection of words.
16d Irish writer putting in evergreen that quickly spreads (8)
The famous resident of Reading Jail containing (putting in) a three letter tree.
19d Put in grave situation with very limited area left in gap (8)
A synonym for put in grave situation (as in burial) followed by the single letter (limited) for very, and the single letters for area and left.
24d Art of a kind, works primarily timeless (4)
A synonym for works with its first letter removed (primarily timeless) gives an artistic medium.
25d Substance that’s hard found at bottom of mine (4)
A three letter synonym for a mine followed by (found at bottom) the single letter for hard.
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This is for Miffypops, I am not sure if he is still on his epic Dylan Tour but, just in case he has not ‘maxed out’ yet: