Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2931 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning and a Very Happy Christmas to all (fellow bloggers, regular commenters, and lurkers alike) from Winnipeg – where the brass monkeys are having trouble keeping hold of their balls.
Another excellent Virgilius puzzle for his second to last of the year; a little on the tricky side with plenty of ‘seasonal references’ to provoke the grumpies into making comments. A somewhat unusual grid giving only 12 Acrosses but 18 Downs – the usual handful of anagrams (including partials), one lurker (oops, I missed one – I should have said two lurkers – see Comment 3 below), but no homophones.
My joint favourites – 10a, 11a, 23a, 5d, and 14d
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 Concerned about losing after opening exchange in seasonal performance (5-7)
A nice gentle start – a synonym for concerned containing (about) losing with the initial letters swapped (opening exchange).
10a Spoil a maid Beatles serenaded consuming good cocktail (9)
A synonym for spoil, A from the clue, and a maid from a Beatles song containing (consuming) the single letter for good.
12a Thing inserted in hose near location of fire (8,6)
A term for what is found in a type of hose hung near the fire at this time of year.
16a Writer including apter parts rearranged for pantomime (5,3)
A writing instrument containing (including) an anagram (parts rearranged) of APTER.
23a It doesn’t allow overnight delivery by traditional route (7,7)
A house with this source of warmth may not have the feature ‘normally’ used for delivery tonight.
28a Worksite busy at this time that has maximal latitude (5,4)
The reputed location of a certain workshop.
29a Falsely depict as miser that’s recycled gift (12)
An anagram of (that’s recycled) MISER followed by a synonym of gift.
2d Person in isolated state, sadly then another, briefly (7)
A synonym for sadly followed by one of the abbreviations for a(nother) US state – that is in the BRB!
4d Pinched what’s rubbishy in Santa’s transport (8)
An alternate term for Santa’s transport containing (in) a (slang) synonym for rubbishy.
5d Is able to put up with Frenchwoman in part of aircraft (7)
A single word for is able reversed (put up) and the French female pronoun.
7d Chaps wishing you Merry Christmas, finally (4)
The answer is found from the last letters (finally) of four words in the clue.
13d Deliberately ignore second most important issue (4)
The single letter for second and a single word synonym for most important issue.
17d Small person giving instruction that may be needed in kitchen (8)
The single letter for small and a person who instructs.
19d Someone not working on Christmas feature about one (7)
A two letter alternative to on (as in concerning) and a key feature of Christmas containing (about) a single letter for one.
22d Group of people singing about deity (6)
A single letter for about and an Egyptian deity.
26d White Christmas, say, initially forecast in London, maybe (4)
And, a nice gentle and appropriate finish – the answer is found from the first letters (initially) of four words of the clue.
(Yes, I know the song first ‘appeared’ in a different cinematographic experience in 1942)
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Not too difficult to choose a music video for today, originally from 1973, Slade –