Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2900 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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Good Sunday morning from Winnipeg. This weekend, (most of) Canada is celebrating Queen Victoria’s birthday with a holiday tomorrow. These days the historical significance of the holiday is probably overtaken by using it as an excuse to eat more burgers, hot dogs, etc., and drink more beer – as if Canadians actually need an excuse to undertake those activities.
Another very enjoyable and very typical Sunday puzzle from, I thought, a very benevolent Virgilius with half a dozen anagrams (including partials) and a couple of lurkers, but there were a couple of clues that I didn’t ‘get’ completely which, for me, might suggest some editorial involvement.
My favourites (blogger’s prerogative) are 2d, 5d, and 20d.
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 Language learner I included in description of top class (6)
A four letter word for top class containing (included in) the single letter for learner and I from the clue.
4a Cross Tories oddly admitting claims (8)
The odd-number letters (oddly) of Tories containing (admitting) one of the favourite synonyms of claims.
11a Covering for those who have arrived and are arriving (3,6)
Floor covering for very important people or those attending a ceremony.
14a Breach agreement about returning paintings (13)
A synonym for breach comprised of a type of (usually international) agreement containing (about) a collective noun for paintings reversed (returning).
17a At home game, holding up — showing skill beyond defence? (13)
A two letter word for at home (I think game is superfluous), followed by single words for holding up and showing skill.
23a House member outside party encountered recorder of steps taken (9)
A member of the upper house containing (outside) a two letter synonym for party and a three letter synonym for encountered.
25a Keen to secure a mile in fast time (6)
A from the clue and the single letter for mile contained in (to secure . . . in) the period of fasting before Easter.
27a Remaining child very likely to succeed (4-2)
A three letter synonym for remaining (it’s in the Small Red Book) and a male child rewritten as (4-2).
1d The old man’s attempt to make some dough (6)
A two letter synonym for father (old man), the possessive S from the clue, and a synonym for attempt.
5d Averted changes around start of work in theatre — began operating again (11)
Anagram (changes) of AVERTED containing (around) a four letter (3,1) term for the start of work in theatre (this was one of the clues that I did not ‘get’ completely to start with, but the penny finally dropped – as Kath might say, perhaps I was being dim).
6d Meat cooked in ovens – does provide some of it (7)
Anagram (cooked) of IN OVENS with a suggestion of a source.
8d Thrilling performer’s going off about clubs (8)
The single letter for clubs contained in (about) a term for an actor leaving the stage.
15d Isn’t seen moving around without resistance — due to this? (9)
Anagram (moving around) of ISN’T SEEN containing (without – yes, that usage of this word) the single letter for (electrical) resistance.
18d Finish off soup and second dish (7)
Last letter (finish off) of souP and a synonym for second.
20d French language in British college (6)
A French regional language from the two letter abbreviation for British and one of cruciverbalists’ favourite colleges or schools.
22d Impressionist past his prime sent up head of state (5)
An artist, not an impersonator, from a four letter word to describe someone who is past his prime reversed (sent up) and the first letter (head of) State.
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This video selection was prompted by one of last Saturday’s prize puzzle clues. This is Rainer Hersch – a pretty good entertainer. If you want to see more, there are plenty of videos of him on YouTube. The lady from Anglesey will have to wait for Irene Cara – I can’t be seen as showing too much favouritism.