Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2942 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where our winter snow fall total is now above the average; probably because, a couple of weeks ago, one of the TV weathermen was carrying on about the snow fall total being below the average.
Our clocks ‘sprang forward’ some time in the middle of the night so I am trusting that WordPress knows what is happening and these hints get published at the usual time.
Once again Virgilius in a somewhat tricky frame of mind – one or two anagrams more than usual, one lurker, one homophone, and a few double definitions, all packed into 28 clues.
Candidates for favourite – 12a, 22a, 8d, and 13d – but, remember, being on this list does not guarantee a hint.
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 Paper joined by charming female, future controller? (4,6)
The Thunderer and a single word for a female who charms.
6a Peel a fruit or two, by the sound of it (4)
The homophone (by the sound of it) of a fruit or a term for a set of two.
12a Be ruthless and thus conclude countdown? (4,2,7)
A double definition, the second is what a countdown stops at.
14a Land in country in East, say (6)
The single letter for East and a synonym
for country of say – thanks to stanXYZ and Jezza.
19a Spend time behind bars as warning (6)
The concatenation of a (2,1,3) synonymic phrase for spend time behind bars.
24a Disloyal act spelling end of lost cause (7)
The last letter (end of) of losT and a synonym of cause.
25a Everything in drawing matched (7)
A synonym for everything inside (in) a synonym for drawing (as in match score).
27a Cruel monarch that gets drunk after mixing it (6,4)
A double definition – a Tudor monarch and a cocktail.
1d Heavy work, from my perspective (4)
Another concatenation; this time of a (2,2) synonymic phrase for from my perspective.
3d What ship needs, in water, so she’s tight (13)
A nice long anagram (tight – yes, it’s in the list of indicators in the LRB) of IN WATER SO SHE’S.
7d Since one is followed by two and three and four, it’s very simple (7)
A synonym for since, the single letter for one, and the sum of (. . . and . . . and . . .) the other numbers in the clue.
11d Stupidly tried using brain, in a way that’s harmful (13)
An anagram (stupidly) of TRIED and an adverb that applies to using one’s brain.
13d Female always going on field in state of exhilaration (5,5)
The single letter for female and a synonym for always followed by a synonym for field (as a playing surface).
18d What’s central for investor in foreign capital? Yes, indeed (5,2)
Some of the middle letters (what’s central for) of investor inserted in a South American capital city.
21d Restaurant in street writer’s written about (6)
The name frequently used for a writing implement patented by a Hungarian containing (written about) an abbreviation of street.
23d Extreme characters in England and Germany making us anxious (4)
The first and last letters (extreme characters) of the two countries in the clue.
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