Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2904 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg.
Another very enjoyable puzzle with Virgilius back in a tricky frame of mind – the usual handful of anagrams (including a few partials), a lurker, and a (brilliant) double homophone, with one or two oldies but goodies/recent repeats.
After blogging on the last two Fridays, I needed to remember that I only had to solve half of the clues for today’s blog .
Two favourites – 12a and 14d.
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 Stop fighting provided fleet is around (6)
A synonym for fleet (of foot) containing (is around) a two letter synonym for provided.
4a Guy, before end of service, left place of worship (6)
A synonym for guy (male), the last letter (end of) of servicE, and the single letter for left.
10a Open discussion about British fish (6)
The single letter for British and a freshwater fish.
12a Painting, say, in church, again apply green or yellow (10)
What a painting is a form of (say), contained by (in) the generic abbreviation for church and a synonym for apply again gives colours (or liqueurs).
13a State that’s perfect? It’s fine prior to anarchy (12)
The single letter for fine and a synonym for anarchy.
20a Minor thoroughfare that is hidden by trees, bizarrely (4,6)
The Latin for that is (not the abbreviation) contained by an anagram (bizarrely) of TREES.
23a To some extent, soothes piano player on stage (8)
The lurker (to some extent) contained in the fourth and fifth words of the clue.
25a How workers are rewarded, securing pound in secondary action (2-4)
A two word phrase (2,3) for how workers are rewarded containing (securing) the single letter for pound – not a term that I am familiar with.
1d In all likelihood, supporting learner in child (8)
A three letter synonym for supporting, and the single letter for learner in a synonym for a (very) young child.
3d Female, possibly a niece — she’s committed to union (7)
The single letter for female and an anagram (possibly) of A NIECE.
5d Frequent visitor rather put in shade (7)
A synonymic phrase (1,3) for rather inserted in (put in) a synonym for shade (colour) – the synonymic phrase is in the LRB.
9d Couple holding hands in carriage are not obvious (11)
A simple type of horse-drawn carriage containing (in) partners from a card game, followed by the abbreviated form of are not.
14d Predicament over arithmetic problem pronounced good for you (9)
A homophone (pronounced) of what one might be in when in a predicament and a homophone (pronounced again) of an arithmetic problem.
18d Flower-girl carrying article in supple way (7)
A flower which is also a girl’s name containing (carrying) a definite article.
21d Land in Asia in plane that’s gone astray (5)
Anagram (that’s gone astray) of PLANE.
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Tomorrow is the 118th anniversary of the first performance of one of Sir Edward Elgar’s best works, so here, from the Enigma Suite, is the ninth Variation – Nimrod: