Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2920 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where last week I had my flu shot, and it worked, this week I had the flu; hot toddies and ‘stuff’ from the pharmacy appear to have worked, but, as a precaution I will continue with the hot toddies for a few more days.
Virgilius in a benevolently tricky frame of mind again today, with some misdirection and obfuscation giving us another very enjoyable puzzle, the usual handful of anagrams, a lurker, and a crickety clue – all in 27 clues.
My joint-favourites – 11a and 18d.
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 Remove tax or duty (6)
A double definition, could even be a triple definition, to start – the second another term for tax or duty.
8a One way to punish son — with witticism, overly subtle (8)
A money form of punishment, the single letter for son, and a type of witticism.
11a Set of type that’s needed for ceremony with sponsors (4)
Another double definition – the second is required for a religious ceremony.
13a Timid people, covering second part of speech, don’t sound right (12)
A term for timid people containing (covering) the single letter for second and a part of speech.
20a Managing to survive article, and sporting about it (10)
A synonym for sporting, as in being dressed, containing (about it) a definite article.
22a Add a couple of pages before conclusion (6)
A from the clue, the abbreviation for multiple pages, and a synonym for conclusion.
25a Piece of work, not typically difficult (6)
The lurker (piece of) found in the third to fifth words of the clue.
1d Copies I’d reproduced in instalments (8)
Anagram (reproduced) of COPIES I’D (ignoring the apostrophe).
5d Sack worker, one often told to go to blazes (7)
The combination of synonyms for sack (dismiss) and a worker.
Hopefully, this short video won’t be copyrighted ‘out.’
7d Means to sort out clods in school (6)
Another double definition – a farm implement or where Churchill went to school.
9d Revolutionary ain’t registered as patriot (11)
Anagram (revolutionary) of AIN’T (ignoring the apostrophe) and a phrase that would indicate a person is registered for something.
17d Cover point, for example, following one senior figure (7)
The single letters for following and one and a synonym for senior figure – the crickety clue.
18d Huge weight, as opposed to a stone, raised (7)
A single word synonym for as opposed to, A from the clue, and a precious stone all reversed (raised).
21d Member providing support when trust is shattered (5)
Anagram (when . . . is shattered) of TRUST.
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