Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2913 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg; a somewhat mixed bag of weather this week – mostly sunny but a rainy start to Wednesday, a foggy start to Thursday, and a thundery start to Friday.
Another very enjoyable, but quite tricky Virgilius puzzle, which required assistance from a (not so) wee dram of The Balvenie – a ‘full’ suite of 32 clues with less anagrams than usual, a couple of lurkers, and a homophone. It was quite difficult to choose which clues to hint on.
My joint favourites – 19a and 20d – equally brilliant!
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 Turn rough when one’s car is wrecked (7)
A reasonably simple anagram to start (is wrecked) of ONE’S CAR (ignore the apostrophe).
9a Gather in front of dramatic scenes of Japanese blaze (7)
A synonym for gather (as in deduce) precedes a two letter term for traditional Japanese drama (new to me, but straight out of the BRB).
12a Holding part of flier distributed in capital only (5)
One of the lurkers (distributed in) the last two words of the clue (the other lurker is 5d).
15a Report a form of knowledge found in Asian city (9)
A synonym of report (as in explosion), A from the clue, and a single word synonym for form of knowledge (with report as the first word of the clue, I started by thinking that this might be a homophone).
19a Back became reconciled to missing kick in cup? (5)
A single word synonym for became reconciled to reversed (back) gives an abbreviated term for a drink that is missing something.
23a Person after good deal with more off, pocketing profit (9)
A term for with more off (in terms of less clothing?) containing (pocketing) a synonym for profit.
26a Leaves producer as original costume supplier (3,4)
The source used by the first couple to cover their embarrassment.
28a Child attached to friend without reservation (7)
One of the synonyms for child and one of the usual synonyms for friend.
1d Argument against covering lips bright red (7)
A three letter synonym for argument against containing (covering) a synonym for lips (nothing to do with the face).
4d Dread of the new phone let loose old prejudice, mostly (9)
An anagram of PHONE (let loose), the single letter for old, and a synonym for prejudice with the last letter removed (mostly).
7d The lines at the heart of old, old tragedy (7)
The single letter for old repeated then containing (at the heart of) THE from the clue and an abbreviation for lines.
14d Desert traveler roamed haphazardly in arid setting (9)
A synonym of arid containing (in . . . setting) an anagram (haphazardly) of ROAMED.
18d In which one parks without any charge (7)
A double definition, the first should be where a vehicle’s gear selector is placed when parking (except in an automatic).
20d Every answer here has one such letter — that’s key (7)
Consider the enumeration of all the answers and the answer to this clue applies to the position of one letter in all the answers (ignoring spaces).
23d Money raised, we hear (5)
The homophone (we hear) of raised gives a slang term for money.
24d Mythical ship on time, in a manner of speaking (5)
The ship captained by Jason and the single letter for time gives a synonym for slang.
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Today is the birthday of Isaac Hayes (1942-2008); here, recommended by our favourite Anglesonian, is Soul Man, one of his compositions (with David Porter), that was recorded by Sam and Dave in 1967 (this video from 1974):