Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2946 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where we have stayed in the deep freeze all week and we woke up to more of the white stuff on Friday morning and a TV weather forecaster described yesterday as a good day for a walk if you were dressed for January!
Some of the geese that probably think they should have stayed South a little longer (double click on the picture for a larger view):
After a number of weeks of varying degrees of trickiness, benevolence returns, so there was some difficulty in deciding which clues not to hint on – Virgilius gives us the usual number of anagrams, one lurker, and no homophones.
Candidates for favourite – 12a, 15a, 3d, and 14d.
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 Detrimental, hard, and as much as one can bear (7)
The single letter for hard and a single word for as much as one can bear.
11a Portion of what one mentioned as reparation (9)
The lurker (portion of) found in the rest of the clue.
12a Like deluded emperor or a king in dreadful end (5)
A from the clue and one of the single letters for king both contained by (in) an anagram (dreadful) of end.
15a Advocate taking increase, mostly in exchange for something else (9)
A synonym for increase with the last letter removed (mostly) contained by (in) a term that means exchange rather than purchase.
17a Puzzling statements from member of team in processions (9)
A four-legged member of a cartage team contained by (in) a synonym of processions.
22a Like beavers, grow up in European river (5)
A single word for grow up contained by (in) the single letters for European and river.
25a Bad feeling I am going to leave to others (3,4)
Double definition – for the second, in writing, the first word would be apostrophised (1’2).
28a Use of firearms spoiled plan fellow conceals (7)
An informal synonym of fellow contains (conceals) an anagram (spoiled) of plan.
1d Consort with, ultimately, American gang (7)
The last letter (ultimately) of witH, the two letters used for American, and a synonym for a gang.
3d Almost too ironbound? Wrong (5
A synonym for too with the last letter removed (almost) contained (bound) by the chemical symbol for iron.
4d Holder of post I, for example, fight (9)
What I is an example of and a sporting synonym of fight.
6d Person taking action that’s clear over row (9)
A synonym for clear and a type of row (as in argument).
14d Fashion rebel introducing new change to be trendy (9)
A synonym for fashion and a synonym for rebel containing (introducing) the single letter for new.
17d Foresee monarch being put into power with decree (7)
A single letter for monarch contained by (being put into) the single letter for power and a synonym of decree.
20d In customary way, USA upset, then disrupted, left (2,5)
USA reversed (upset), a synonym for then reversed (disrupted – I’m not sure that you can have a two letter anagram), and the single letter for left – please see what CS wrote at Comment 1 for a much more accurate hint.
24d Meat that can be saved and brought home (5)
Save one’s ***** or bring home the *****.
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