Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2939 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where in the middle of the week it got warm enough for snow, so it did; and where, on St Valentine’s Day (the first day of Lent), you could buy a heart shaped pizza for your beloved.
Same as last week, a benevolent Virgilius has provided another excellent puzzle – the usual number of anagrams, one lurker, one homophone, and some crickety content. Another one of those Sundays when it was difficult to decide what not to hint on.
Candidates for favourite – all of them!
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 As the PM, I replaced fellow on board (8)
A simple anagram (replaced) to start of AS THE PM I.
9a Everybody used their brains — not reaching conclusions, however (8)
A synonym for everybody and a single word for used brains with their last letters removed (not reaching conclusions).
11a Sportsman’s complaint? Trainer can cover it up (8,4)
The type of trainer shown in the picture can cover up the complaint.
15a Pain streaker runs without (6)
A double definition, the first is a pain occasionally experienced when exercising.
20a Mistakes in text are holding sailor back (6)
ARE from the clue containing (holding) the three letter favourite term for a sailor all reversed (back).
21a People of little importance for school of the future? (5,3)
A double definition (I think), the second relates to a group of tiny swimmers.
23a Sample of people irritated by silly notices (5-7)
A synonym for irritated and an anagram (silly) of NOTICES.
28a Legal document about trial regarded as awful (8)
A type of legal document containing (about) a synonym for trial.
2d Repeatedly pronounced present for statement of agreement (4,4)
The homophone (pronounced) of a synonym for present repeated.
4d Joyce, for example, has car in US and runs over husband (6)
The abbreviated term for a car in the US and the single letter for (crickety) runs containing (over) the single letter for husband.
6d Finishing courses, upset and under pressure (8)
The final courses of meals (which might be the prescription for the answer) reversed (upset).
7d Capital on the Continent used by entrepreneur, often (4)
The lurker (used by) found in the last words of the clue.
14d French writer turned up damaging information, as follows (5)
A three letter synonym for damaging information reversed (turned up) and AS from the clue.
17d Negotiate with a couple of partners in area (8)
A from the clue and two partners from that card game contained by (in) a type of area of land
24d Finishes off solo in total disarray, just and no more (4)
The last letters (finishes off) of four words in the clue.
25d Amusing person, such as joker (4)
A type of joker as found in a deck.
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