Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2930 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where we will have a White Christmas even if it does not snow on the day, the snow that we do have will not be disappearing any time soon.
Another excellent Virgilius puzzle, probably the trickiest that I have hinted on since I started being the Sunday blogger back in February – the usual handful of anagrams, one (partial) homophone, one lurker, and some double unches.
My joint favourites – 9a, 11a, 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 Contacting a head in syndicate (8)
A single word for a head contained by (in) a synonym of syndicate.
9a Begin minimal account of my visit to restaurant? (8)
Written as (2,2,1,3), how one might describe a visit to a restaurant.
11a Spectators may pick it up, but not other players, it seems (5,7)
Something the audience hears but, apparently, others in a play do not.
15a Dog hiding its lead in South Coast resort (6)
A South Coast resort containing (hiding) the first letter (its lead) of Dog – I am not convinced that the ‘resort’ is actually a resort.
17a Be rude, in a way? That’s characteristic (5)
A double definition, the first is one method of being rude.
20a On coast, it grows economy (6)
Another double definition, the first, as a wild flower, is found in coastal locations.
23a Editor initially prevented me changing what’s composed (4-8)
The first letter (initially) of Editor followed by an anagram (changing) of PREVENTED ME.
28a Charming language we speak, shortly before becoming mature (8)
An abbreviated (shortly) form of our language followed by a single word for becoming mature.
2d Drunk reposes after consuming second strong drink (8)
An anagram (drunk) of REPOSES containing (after consuming) the single letter for second.
3d Environmental issue has two characters in conversation switching positions (12)
Two letters in conversation change positions.
6d Outstanding moment, greeting said spy (4,4)
A homophone (said) of an informal greeting and a synonym for spy.
8d Unequalled, like the House of Commons (8)
The House of Commons does not have anyone from ‘that other place’ so it is . . .
14d It’s defined as ‘official order‘ in one dictionary (5)
The lurker (in) found in the last two words of the clue.
17d Pitiful way quote’s brought up (8)
A type of way followed by a synonym for quote reversed (brought up).
22d Part of fiddle or racket (6)
Something that is common to both items.
25d Long for source of needles (4)
A double definition to finish, the second is a type of tree.
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At this festive time of the year, all over Canada and the US, there are radio stations that play Christmas ‘hits’ (using the term loosely) from some time in November (it gets earlier each year) to December 25th and this one is heard often; it suggests what those who do not make Santa’s Nice List might find under the tree on Christmas Day: