Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2972 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we have had more of the white fluffy variety of precipitation although not as much as Calgary, two provinces to the West, which had a record breaking (for October) 36 cm at the beginning of the week.
Another exciting if somewhat scrappy antipodean rugby international in which the All Blacks confirmed their superiority over the Springboks as winners of The Rugby Championship (and the Wallabies managed to avoid the Wooden Spoon).
This is a holiday weekend in North America. In Canada, we have our version of Thanksgiving and, in the USA, they celebrate Christopher Columbus not ‘bumping’ into any part of Asia or any part of what became the continental USA on any of his voyages. Modern theory is that he first landed on island that is now part of The Bahamas.
With a slightly odd grid giving 13 acrosses and 16 downs Virgilius has returned to trickiness this week. A low number of anagrams, one (unhinted) lurker, but no homophones.
Joint favourites – 11a, 2d, and 7d.
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:
8a Serf is of use — finishes off grave (7)
This seems to becoming one of Virgilius’ favourite type of clue – delete the last letters (finishes off) of the words at the beginning of the clue.
10a Revered Indian bowler, say, hugged by mother (7)
A (wearable) type (say) of bowler contained (hugged) by a synonym of mother.
11a Artificially neat prose? (9)
An anagram (artificially) of NEAT PROSE.
14a Needing to diet, put back cheese in cloth (7)
How one might describe a person needing to diet reversed (put back) and a type of cheese.
17a Something handled in court — swindle involving inferior china? (9,6)
This clue looks very familiar – a synonym for inferior, a make of china, and a synonym of swindle.
19a Sun’s effect on selected players that produces traction on board (7)
A single word for sporting people selected to represent their countries and the sun’s effect (on skin).
24a Weapon almost in danger of dropping off when turned round (5)
A single word describes being about to sleep (dropping off) with its last letter removed (almost) and then reversed (when turned around).
28a Claret’s being drunk, or other variety of red (7)
An anagram (being drunk) of CLARET’S.
1d Poor learners succeeded in test (6)
An informal, perhaps derogatory, word for poor learners and the single (genealogical) letter for succeeded.
3d Briefly write about vessel with damaged sail as reporter (10)
A three letter synonym of write briefly containing (about) a type of vessel and an anagram (damaged) of SAIL.
5d It may be said to limit supply of drink — in what circumstances? (4)
A double definition – the first may be used as an instruction to stop pouring a drink.
7d It’s used to convey kinds of water, in short, with skill (8)
An abbreviated form of types of water (in terms of temperature) and a synonym of skill.
15d Foreign money I examine for person in order to follow vocation (10)
A type of foreign money still used in one country in Europe, I from the clue, and a synonym of examine.
16d Plan for trip, I hear, around popular time (9)
Not a homophone – I from the clue, a synonym of hear (judicially) containing (around) a short synonym of popular and a synonym of time.
18d King, at this point, accomplished what’s within grasp (8)
One of the single letters for king, a single word for at this point (in time), and a synonym of accomplished.
22d Carried out move in second half for City, producing score (6)
A single word for carries out move contained by (in) the second part of ciTY.
25d Star on stage opposed to splitting donated money up (4)
The reversal (up) of the single letter for opposed to contained by a single word that is often used for donated money.
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Please note, this selection was made last Tuesday!
Chubby Checker, originally named Ernest Evans, born on October 3, 1941, helped me to win £115 of book and record tokens on John Dunn’s Mystery Voice Challenge, on Radio 2, in 1985!
This reached number 2 in the UK charts in 1961: