Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2938 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where we are warming up from the minus twenties to the minus teens.
A benevolent Virgilius has provided another excellent puzzle – one or two anagrams more than usual, a couple each of lurkers and homophones. One of those Sundays when it was difficult to decide what not to hint on.
Candidates for favourite – 10a, 12a, and 23d.
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 Prepare to discharge mine in scene of conflict (7)
A single word term for preparing a weapon and another term for a mine.
10a Sails south in attempt to raise political support (7)
A term for sails on a vessel followed by the single letter for South.
12a Dance music is what ends concert heard on radio (5)
Don’t be fooled by heard, not a homophone, the last letter (what ends) of concerT phonetically (heard on radio).
15a Mean one-line defamatory text about artist (9)
The single letters for one and line, followed by the single word for defamatory text containing (about) the favourite letters for an artist.
19a Animal’s lair or home for humans (5)
Double definition, the second is the home for all humans.
22a For example, taste part of chosen selection (5)
One of the lurkers (part of) found in the rest of the clue.
25a I destroyed plenty with clumsy actions (7)
I from the clue followed by an anagram (destroyed) of plenty.
28a Was left embracing son (7)
A synonym for left (a building?) containing (embracing) the single letter for son.
1d Method of payment providing firm’s first capital (7)
An article used in making payments, a synonym for providing, and the first letter of Firm.
3d Said group of wild animals had a curious look (5)
The first homophone (said) of a term for a group of wild animals.
4d Asian philosopher has little time to put in as superficial decorator (9)
An Asian philosopher containing (has . . . put in) the single letter (little) for time and TO from the clue.
6d Artist carefully studies figures systematically arranged (9)
A synonym for carefully studies followed by a term for a systematic arrangement of figures – hmmm, artist again.
14d City in which man’s name is heard — he’s seen when ice disappears (9)
The second homophone (is heard) of a man’s name, home of the Foxes, with a big hint in the last part of the clue.
20d Way to restore order once in port, supported by diplomacy (4,3)
The favourite ‘short’ name of a South American port followed (supported) by a synonym for diplomacy.
23d Turn up unlike clergy or VIP (5)
Members of the church who are not (unlike) clergy and OR from the clue all reversed (turn up).
24d Right above a diameter, two other lines in circle (5)
The single letter for right, A from the clue, the single letter for diameter, and the Roman numeral for two.
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A number of ‘crickety’ people were born on this day over the years, including E W ‘Jim’ Swanton (1907), Bill Lawry (1937), and Bev Congdon (1938). So, as a tribute and to look forward to warmer weather, the BBC Test Match Special Theme (Soul Limbo by Booker T. and the M.G.’s):