Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2932 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning and a Very Happy New Year to all (setters, fellow bloggers, regular commenters, and lurkers alike) from Winnipeg – forget Alberta Clippers and Colorado Lows, for over a week, most of Canada has been ‘enjoying’ the effects of a Polar Vortex, which has even reached down to parts of Texas and other southern US states, bringing in very cold weather from Siberia; yesterday when I peeped out from under the covers the temperature was -34ºC (-44ºC with wind chill) and the maximum temperature for the day (ha-ha) was -29ºC (-39ºC with wind chill).
Virgilius has the honour of being the setter of the final DT/ST prize puzzle of the year and he has not disappointed; as excellent as ever, and quite benevolent – the usual handful of anagrams (including partials), one lurker, but no homophones.
My joint favourites – 28a, 3d, 5d, and 22d.
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:
8a Admonishment about demonstration (7)
The familiar two letters for about followed by a type of demonstration that might be concluded with QED.
10a Land in Middle East, making those people briefly angry (7)
An abbreviated and informal pronoun (briefly) for those people followed by a synonym for angry.
13a Work of statistician or carpenter accomplished after short time (5)
A synonym for accomplished after the single letter for time.
17a Epitome of precision –- ain’t disorganised (15)
Anagram (disorganised) of OF PRECISION AIN’T.
21a Physical strength shown as one separates partners and their opponents (5)
The designation of four participants in a card game with the single letter for one inserted between (separates) two of them who are partners.
24a Area covered by strike, island or part of island (5)
The single letter for area contained (covered) by a synonym for strike and the single letter for island gives a country that shares an island with a second country.
26a Record including location for weathervane as planned (9)
Two letters for a ‘modern’ record containing (including) one of the locations where a weathervane might be found written as (2,5).
28a It’s like gold — that’s what we hear? Not at all! (7)
Not a homophone! When we do not hear anything compared to a precious metal.
Quite dreadful, but I couldn’t resist it!
1d Gain leading scholar on subject of computers etc (6)
An informal synonym for a leading scholar followed by two letters for computers etc.
3d Like some trees, if planted in clay, initially burdensome (10)
IF from the clue contained by (planted in) the first letter (initially) of Clay and a synonym for burdensome.
5d Row in boat if fit, also going the other way at the end (4)
The lurker (in) found in the third to fifth words of the clue; the answer is also found by reading backwards (going the other way) from the end of the fifth word of the clue.
7d What ceremonially covers soldier and supports family (8)
Concatenated synonyms of supports and family.
15d Awfully mad appeals –- male, in particular, gets it in the neck (5,5)
Anagram (awfully) of MAD APPEALS.
17d Buy tea in container for cash (8)
A synonym for tea contained by (in) a single word for container for cash.
22d Small device wife and I would understand (6))
The single letter for wife, the abbreviated form of I would, and a synonym for understand.
25d Thought middleman oddly deficient (4
The odd letters removed from (oddly deficient) MIDDLEMAN.
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An obvious choice for the last day of the year, here’s to cruciverbalism in 2018 being as enjoyable as it has been in 2017: