Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2906 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday (or whatever day it is in Lady Jane time) morning from Winnipeg on this 150th Canada Day weekend which, for a large number of people, is an almost unnecessary excuse to drink more beer, eat more burgers and hot dogs, and set off fireworks.
Another very enjoyable puzzle, with Virgilius in a benevolent frame of mind, – the usual handful of anagrams, no lurkers or homophones, some double definitions, and a couple oldies but goodies/recent repeats (which I define as not so much clues, but definitions and answers with variations on clues).
My favourites – 10a and 22d – both outstanding in my opinion.
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 Something soothing spoken in royal residence (8)
A type of ointment and a synonym for spoken.
10a Horse race with odds OK, as evens? (4)
Horse race for fillies constructed using OK for the odd letters and AS for the even letters.
11a Reprimand for wearing informal clothes (8-4)
Double definition, the first might be given for doing the second.
16a Asian ruler getting a shock, taken aback (4)
A from the clue and a type of shock (from an impact) reversed (taken aback) – I am more familiar with the five letter version of the definition, but the four letter version is also in the BRB.
20a A verse that’s in bad taste (6)
A from the clue and a single letter for verse contained by (in) a synonym for bad.
21a Is leader for crew to be found in port? Find out (8)
IS from the clue and the first letter (leader) of Crew contained by (found in) one of the Cinque Ports.
26a Solid, unlike a piece of cake (4)
Double definition, the second relates to the completion of a task.
28a Carefully select worker and tool (4-4)
A favourite type of (two legged) worker and a type of tool.
2d Snake in a study, and article about it (8)
A from the clue and a favourite synonym for study contained by (about it) AND from the clue and the indefinite article – a definite recent repeat, it appeared on Wednesday, four days ago.
4d New centre has moved about, from bottom to top (6)
Take CENTRE from the clue and move the two letters for about as indicated (as it is a down clue).
6d Giving little away about right area for fish (8)
An adjective describing someone who gives little away containing (about) the single letters for right and area – I once came off worse in an encounter with one of these.
8d Aquatic organisms in great quantity beneath part of wooden keel (8)
A fam term for a great quantity follows (beneath) a piece of material used in a wooden keel.
16d Plant one president or another grew first (8)
A synonym for grew before (first) one of two presidents (one . . . or another).
17d Time that may be taken for breakfast (8)
Double definition, a (slang) synonym for time inside and a hot cereal.
22d E.g. fall for American boy after drink (6)
A favourite synonym for boy after the body of water that drink is a familiar term for.
25d Cut oxygen, say, then hydrogen (4)
What oxygen is a type of (say) followed by (then) the chemical symbol for hydrogen.
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Some light relief, from some residents of SW19, before the two weeks of ‘torture’ that begins tomorrow: