Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2934 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – it would appear that Mother Nature is as confused as the rest of us; at midnight on Tuesday the temperature was zero degrees and from there it just freefalled to minus 30 degrees by Friday morning. One local TV station has started to include estimates of ‘frostbite time’ for exposed skin in its weather forecasts. Still, it has now warmed up enough that we might get some snow this morning.
Yet another excellent Virgilius puzzle, some head scratching required – more than usual number of anagrams (including partials), only one lurker, and no homophones, with some compass directions.
My joint favourites – 1a, 11a, 28a, 3d, and 16d.
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 Court of justice backed main point in legal action (8)
A type of legal action containing (in) a single word for main point (of an argument) reversed (backed).
9a European from North or South hugged by schoolboy (8)
The single letter for South contained (hugged) by a pupil from one of the public schools.
11a Play, after eleven, different thing (7,5)
What comes after eleven(th) and an anagram (different) of THING.
13a One includes copy of subsequent two letters, as originally written (8)
A synonym of one containing (includes) two letters that are also at the end (copy of subsequent) of the answer.
17a Responsibility of minister cut in foreign capital (5)
The domain of a minister of the cloth with the last letter removed (cut).
20a Damage part of dozen filling box (6)
A single word synonym for part of and a dozen good persons.
23a Battle in recast film as result of in-fighting (12)
A synonym for battle contained by (in) an anagram (recast) of FILM AS.
28a Chap who fixes things in hospital also doctored many (8)
The single letter for Hospital, a synonym for also, and an anagram (doctored) of MANY.
2d Share with a learner capable of logical thought (8)
A synonym of share, A from the clue, and the single letter for learner.
3d Original outfit barely appropriate for annual celebration? (8,4)
A synonymic phrase for being in the nude.
6d European objects about Cubist’s first works of art (8)
The single letter for European and a synonym for objects containing (about) the first letter of Cubist.
7d Something circular round setting that’s square (4)
Double definition, the second is the setting for a sporting event.
12d Bad image city changed in state without authorization (12)
A synonym for bad followed by an anagram (changed) of IMAGE CITY.
16d Old fighter with power in fist exploded with anger (8)
Anagram (exploded) of FIST containing (with . . . in) the single letter for power followed by a synonym for anger.
19d Travel with oilman at sea around part of Asia (8)
An anagram (at sea) of OILMAN containing (with . . . around) a synonym of travel.
25d Slice of Cheddar cheese that’s curved in shape (4)
The lurker (slice of) found in the third and fourth words of the clue.
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For those of you who tackled the NTSPP yesterday, and for those of you who didn’t this was the ‘theme’ of the puzzle; first released on an album in 1969, then as a single in 1974, and covered by over 200 artists (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streets_of_London_(song)):