Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2944 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where spring may have sprung but we can’t see if the grass has riz because we are getting more snow; however, some of the migrating birdies have started to return.
The fourth nor’easter (dubbed the foureaster by the media) in three weeks has finished its journey up the Eastern seaboard of the USA and Canada and is just about to start its journey across the pond – so get ready for a White Easter?
Virgilius in a benevolent frame of mind, and it would have helped if I had not mixed up enumerations between a few clues – the usual number of anagrams, one lurker, two clues with homophone elements, and one ‘chessy’ clue – but not that man!
Candidates for favourite – 12a, 20a, and 4d (the first two because they are 14 letter non-anagrams).
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:
7a Short of money, performed vocally on street (8)
The abbreviation for street followed a type of vocal performance that has taken place.
11a Male friend grabbing you, as stated, by hand (8)
Synonyms of male and friend containing (grabbing) the single letter homophone (as stated) of you.
12a Creating classes in summer term, initially, with formal consent (14)
The initial letters of Summer and Term followed by a type of formal consent.
17a Author, in awe of editor, held back (5)
A reverse lurker (in . . . held back) in the rest of the clue.
20a Record how old we are – intended, we hear, as deterrent (14)
A synonym for a type of record, a two word synonymic phrase for how old we are, and a homophone (we hear) of a synonym of intended.
23a Sliced beef pie, say, cut by friend in Paris (8)
A type of (say) pie with the last letter removed (cut) and the French (in Paris) for friend.
27a Converted to ally, is steadfast supporter (8)
An anagram (converted) of TO ALLY IS.
1d For part of flight, loved animals going up (4)
The reversal (going up) of animals that are loved and some are best friends.
2d Other producer of pictures arrived before artist (6)
A synonym of arrived followed by the usual two letter artist.
4d Princess and I very minimally raised capital (6)
Not the ‘usual’ princess (this one is still living), I from the clue, and the single letter (minimally) for very all reversed (raised).
6d Historical military leader and PM in faraway capital (10)
An antipodean capital named after the vanquisher of Napoleon.
13d Kind of policies for political group outside mainstream (5,5)
A double definition (I think), the first is the minimum (or used to be) motoring policy.
18d For example, rising embraced by primitive with enthusiasm (7)
The abbreviation, from the Latin, of for example reversed (rising) contained (embraced) by a synonym of primitive.
22d Spirits, including last of rum — or beer (6)
The last letter of ruM, OR from the clue, and a synonym of beer.
26d Suffered beating — those expelled get it (4)
The second part of an informal instruction to someone being sent away (expelled) from a group.
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