Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2929 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where we have been ‘enjoying’ the effects of a ‘Colorado Low’ (no prizes for guessing where that started out from, or where it’s heading) with low temperatures down to -18 degrees, plus (or minus?) wind chill effect, but not too much of the white stuff (yet).
Another excellent Virgilius puzzle maintaining the trickiness of last week – the usual handful of anagrams, one homophone, and one lurker. Once again, I could have hinted on more clues than I am allowed to so I expect some solvers will be disappointed.
My co-favourites – 11a, 22a and 8d.
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 Arrived with something for sale in legendary court (7)
A synonym for arrived and how an item for sale is identified at an auction.
9a English composer turned up with right instrument endlessly (7)
UP from the clue reversed (turned), the single letter for right, and a stringed instrument with its last letter removed (endlessly).
11a What you’re doing that’s said to show irritation (9)
Written as (5,4) a phrase that shows irritation.
13a Place in which she leaves this herd (5)
Remove SHE (leaves) from the last two words of the clue and reduce what remains to a single word.
22a Party vote with opposition? (5)
A three word phrase (2,1,2) which would indicate voting against something gives a BRB verified rowdy party when reduced to a single word.
23a Warning about small article is what produces results (9)
A synonym for warning containing (about) the single letter for small and one of the indefinite articles.
27a Like September of all months? Yes and no (7)
Consider the letter count (and number of days) of September compared to the other 11 months.
28a What’s central to smart lesson? That’s simple (7)
The lurker indicated by what’s central (following DT’s and MP’s leads – hint not an answer).
1d Modest when holding power, act differently as one who doesn’t (7)
A synonym for modest containing (when holding) the single letter for power followed by an anagram (differently) of ACT.
3d Sound clues for Northern city (5)
The homophone (sound) of types of clues.
5d Cut made by censor ultimately disrupting cast (5)
The last letter (ultimately) of censor contained by (disrupting) a synonym of cast (as in cast off).
8d Manipulate in lazy way, without flexibility (7)
A synonym of manipulate followed by a single word for in lazy way.
16d Freshly minted coin in Pacific island (3,6)
A single word for freshly minted and a coin that was out of circulation long before decimalisation.
18d Like some old people having skill in bridge (7)
A synonym for skill contained by (in) a bridge or part of a bridge.
20d British union’s leader smothered in banal praise (7)
The single letter for British and the first letter (leader) of Union contained by (smothered in) a synonym for banal.
24d Examination that involves studying books (5)
The examination of books of account.
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Leonard Cohen’s first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, was released 50 years ago in December 1967, this is the opening track – Suzanne (for which, apparently, he was tricked into signing away the rights):