Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2958 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg on Canada Day, where, with the recent passing of laws to legalise cannabis, some think that the Canadian flag needs to be modified as shown here:
Today, Virgilius provides us with some trickiness moderated by what I think are some oldies but goodies and only 28 clues. Around the usual number of anagrams, one lurker, and no homophones.
Candidates for favourite – 17a, 24a, 3d, and 8d.
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 Dishearten with exam in end (10)
One of the favourite types of exam contained by (in) a synonym for end.
10a Noted core of problem in entrance (7)
The lurker (core of) found in the rest of the clue.
15a Without interruption, like speech that’s fluent? (8)
A double definition – the first is a synonym of without interruption.
17a He represents the first one in table (5,3)
The clue starts with the chemical element that is first in a particular group of the periodic table.
22a Soldier does, perhaps, arriving outside and taking over (13)
A synonym for arriving containing (outside) a synonym for soldier and the type of animal that does are the female of.
24a Something to offer person moved to tears in dispute (2,5)
Written as (1,6) what can be used to absorb tears.
25a Incarcerate prisoner, adding another form of punishment (7)
The usual abbreviated synonym for prisoner and a monetary punishment.
27a Kind of forecaster posting record in a resort, possibly (10)
An anagram (possibly) of A RESORT containing (posting . . . in) a type of written record.
1d Old digital communication aid set up (4)
A synonym for set reversed (up).
3d I and others on early watch, for example (5,8)
The set of numbers that I is one of.
5d Like soldiers protecting West, suddenly changing course (8
A single word that describes how soldiers are supporting their Commander-in-Chief containing (protecting) the single letter for West.
8d Acrimony in flier — conclusion often reached by females (10)
A flier related to the heron and a word ending that frequently indicates the female form of a word.
13d I do nothing about ultimate wrecker of traditions (10)
Get the Lego bricks out – I from the clue, a three letter synonym for do, the single letter that can represent nothing, the single letter that can represent about, and a synonym of ultimate.
16d Tough quality shown by Duke in exploit (8)
The single letter for Duke contained by (in) a slightly unusual synonym of exploit.
18d Animated young animal? On the contrary, child (7)
A famous cartoon (animated) young animal followed by a single word that means the same as on the contrary.
23d King Edward, the humorist (4)
A double definition – the first is a Shakespearean King.
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As I said in the introduction, it’s Canada Day, Neil Young is Canadian, a resident of Winnipeg in part of his formative years, here he is in 1971, after ‘discussing’ the selection of a suitable harmonica, with one of his own compositions (song starts at 1′ 48″ if you want to skip the ‘discussion’):