Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2925 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where the rivers are already freezing over! Although, it will be a while before the ice fisherman are allowed to start.
And, a very happy birthday to Cryptic Sue!
Another typically excellent Virgilius puzzle, however, last week’s benevolence is not carried over; only 28 clues, but some head scratching required and it was difficult to decide what not to hint on – the usual handful of anagrams, including partials, three (partial) homophones, but no lurkers.
There could be some potential for repetition radar based comments.
My joint-favourites – 22a and 11d.
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 Remarkable theory won’t, when revised (10)
A simple anagram (when revised) to start of THEORY WON’T (ignoring the apostrophe) – some might think it goes downhill from here.
10a Devout accepting empty temple? That’s pathetic (7)
A synonym for devout containing (accepting) the extremities of (empty) TemplE.
12a Finished in one sitting? Novel you reportedly pan wouldn’t be (13)
Thanks to Gazza and Faraday for their assistance – anagram (novel) of a single letter homophone of you and PAN WOULDN’T BE – I could not see it for looking – and the answer is in the BRB.
15a Asked, in conclusion, what choir sounds like (8)
A homophone (what . . . sounds like) of choir contained by (in) a synonym for conclusion.
22a Enterprise Utopians initially put together? (8,5)
The ‘expansion’ of the initial letters of the first two words of the clue.
25a Set small bed beside big lake (7)
A type of small bed and one of the Great Lakes (the one surrounded by yellow in the picture below) – an oldie but goodie, but I don’t think it has appeared for some time.
27a So tried to change fashionable position, on paper (10)
Anagram of SO TRIED followed by a three letter informal synonym for fashionable.
1d Verb or adjective, say, as part of speech (4)
The part of speech that verb or adjective is a type of.
2d After onset of tears, gives out these? (7)
A single word for gives out after the initial letter (onset) of Tears – I think it’s an all-in-one, but I might not be right.
5d Part of body found in trendy establishment (3,5)
An informal synonymic phrase for a trendy establishment.
8d Wrongly judging motorway is north of English university town (10)
The single letter for a motorway, IS from the clue, and an English university town (where an Irish writer was confined).
11d Part of shoe on dishonest person? It’s hard to say (6-7)
Part of a shoe (especially one that has laces) and a type of dishonest person.
20d Leading lady or man performing in moving protest (7)
A synonym for performing contained by (in) a type of protest that involves moving from one place to another.
23d Spring this year’s a little longer than most (4)
A double definition, the first is a synonym for spring (nothing to do with the season of the year).
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