Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2899 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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Good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, the sun is shining and the birds are singing – life is good.
Another very enjoyable and very typical Sunday puzzle from Virgilius, back in a benevolent mood (for me); a handful of anagrams, a homophone, and a lurker.
My favourite is 11a.
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:
8a Run and catch returning lover (7)
The single letter indicating a score in cricket followed by a synonym for catch (a criminal) all reversed (returning).
11a What’s in store for those wanting to be upwardly mobile? (9)
An installation that assists shoppers to move between floors in a department store.
12a Something associated with a prayer, inspiring with reverence (5)
As (1,4), the first half of the title of a 1940’s song and film .
13a Material sent back for English novelist or American-born poet (5)
A thin cotton material reversed (sent back).
17a Like people in Panama, men involved with erratic canal (7,8)
Anagram (involved with) of MEN ERRATIC CANAL.
24a Moving protest that lasts more than four weeks (5)
One of the months of the year that is also a type of protest.
26a Instrument from band grabbed by excited chairman (9)
Anagram (excited) of the single letter that looks like a band and CHAIRMAN.
(Hands up all those who knew that Judith Durham (The Seekers) was such an accomplished pianist)
28a After short part of speech, are ready (7)
An abbreviated (short) form of a part of speech followed by ARE from the clue.
1d Each copy, namely carbon, included (6)
A three letter synonym for copy (imitate) containing (included) the two letter abbreviation for a Latin expression meaning namely and the chemical symbol for Carbon.
3d Without involving others, a learner goes after place to study in future (10)
The short form of a place of higher learning followed by a synonym for in (the) future, A from the clue, and the single letter for a learner.
7d Cow not left in marsh (8)
The type of marsh found in East Anglia containing (in) the opposite of left.
16d For toy, expend over pound, then object (9)
A three letter synonym for expend containing (over) the single letter used for pound followed by a synonym for object (item).
18d Couturier with a line in red (8)
A French fashion designer followed by A from the clue and the single letter for line.
20d Passing car, finally, on the inside, using horn piercingly (6)
A synonym for passing containing (on the inside) the last letter (finally of caR gives an occupational hazard for matadors – personally, I am not convinced that the synonym for passing is ‘good.’
23d Stole — punishment pronounced (4)
Homophone (pronounced) of a synonym for punishment is a synonym for stole (clothing).
25d Hard appearance that could be a shock (4)
Single letter for hard and a three letter synonym for appearance.
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There are probably a few (including a resident of Anglesey?) who thought that I had a total aberration with my selection last Sunday; how about this one from 1964?
And, here’s a bonus!