Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2935 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – ‘weather cycling’ continues; the temperature rises to zero and then slides back down again though not as low as during the first half of the month, and, on Friday morning, Winnipeg was warmer than New Orleans approximately 1,400 miles to the south.
Yet another excellent Virgilius puzzle, as for last week, some head scratching required – the usual number of anagrams (including a partial), one lurker, and one homophone.
Regrettably, personal matters have scuppered my plans for a trip to visit family and attend the BB this year; so, next weekend, I will have one or more wee drams to toast the ninth birthday from here.
My joint favourites – 10a, 13a, 18a, 5d, and 9d.
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 Start of pitching really upset bad sailor? (6)
The first letter (start of) Pitching and a single word for really upset, and note the ‘?’ at the end of the clue.
10a Big island in a lake in mountainous land (9)
A from the clue and the single letter for lake contained by (in) a mountainous (European) country.
13a I caught African animal in country with greater latitude (7)
I from the clue, the single (crickety) letter for caught, and a type of African antelope.
18a For French form of address, is entering Parisian street name? Au contraire! (8)
The reversal (au contraire) of all of the French (Parisian) for both street and name containing IS from the clue.
23a One way of working that includes bygone painting technique (7)
The single letter for one and an abbreviation of a Latin expression for way of working containing (includes) a synonym for bygone.
25a Declaration in church before line is added to English worship (7)
A two word (1,2) declaration made between two people in church, the single letter for line, IS from the clue, and the single letter for English.
27a Something done about match, perhaps, that makes one happy (9)
A slightly odd term for what is done to a match, of the flammable variety, when it has served its purpose.
A single word for something that is done containing (about) a synonym for a match (of the flammable variety) – thanks to Gordon and RD for their input.
29a Name on piece of neckwear snatched (6)
A item of female neckwear followed by the single letter for name.
1d Co-operate in theatrical performance with dance (4,4)
A type of theatrical performance and an event where dancing takes place.
3d Has meal consumed by sailors, characteristic of boat to China? (9)
A term for has meal contained by (consumed by) one of the usual terms for sailors.
6d He seizes power that is symbolic in Commonwealth country (5)
The gender of he containing (seizes) the single letter for power.
7d Progress with it on Greek island, it’s said (7)
A two letter synonym for with it and a homophone (it’s said) of a Greek island.
9d Female easily carried instrument in black box (6,8)
The single letter for female, a word that can mean easily carried (in terms of weight), and a type of instrument.
16d Not completely sure, though tester made another assessment (9)
The lurker (not completely) found in the rest of the clue.
21d Large numbers turned up after sailing ship docked in port (7)
A type of sailing ship with its last letter removed (docked) followed by a single word for large numbers reversed (turned up).
24d Prop in second team (5)
The single letter for second and a type of team.
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From 60 years ago, number one for two weeks in January 1958, Jerry Lee Lewis, with an introduction from the president of his fan club – oh, how times have changed and ear plugs might be required: