Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2978 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, so far so good, the new puzzle website is performing well.
A very warm welcome to the fourth occupant of the Sunday ‘chair’ – Mr John Halpern, a.k.a. Dada – for his first Sunday puzzle I think he has given us something that is closer to one of his Toughies rather than one of his recent Monday back pagers.
Joint favourites – 9a 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 Italian city not quite maintaining already disagreeable relationship with host (10)
An Italian city with its last letter removed (not quite) containing (maintaining) a three word synonymic phrase for already.
6a Snapper in pot, did you say (4)
A homophone (did you say) of a synonym of pot.
9a Where litmus paper may be found in red, or a blue (10)
The short name of the political party represented by red, OR and A from the clue, and the nickname of the political party represented by blue.
13a Composition with citrus twist (8)
A type of citrus fruit and a synonym of twist (as in put one’s back out).
18a Playground where one might attempt to remove hooks from swings (7,5)
Where the practitioners of ‘a good walk spoiled’ (Mark Twain?) go to practice.
22a Motherly character? (6)
How we sometimes refer to everything that surrounds us.
26a Caught in eye, tiny hairy thing proving elusive (4)
A lurker (caught in) found in the rest of the clue.
27a Conscious, put on one’s thinking cap (10)
A double definition with different pronunciations of the same word.
1d Perfect language (6)
A second double definition – the second is spoken by some of crossword land’s favourite Europeans.
2d Overseen by teacher, student ultimately poor performer (6)
The last letter (ultimately) of studenT placed after (overseen by) a religious teacher.
5d Soldier handles climbing about right, weakness following (10)
The word that handles is a slang synonym of reversed (climbing) containing (about) the single letter for right and a type of weakness.
8d Super solving! (8(8)
A third double definition – the second might relate to decoding a message.
16d Breach of faith true, lady not to be trusted (8)
An anagram (not to be trusted) of TRUE LADY.
17d Poisonous, half a dozen law books (8)
The Roman numerals that represent half a dozen, a synonym of law, and one of the well known collections of books.
19d Old rhino somewhere in western Africa (6)
Start with what rhino can be a synonym for and then come up with an old version which is also a country in West Africa.
23d Military cap held briefly upon head of infantryman (4)
A synonym of held with the last letter removed (briefly) followed by (upon) the first letter (head of) Infantryman.
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A number one for Joe Cocker in 1968, here he is, at the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Concert in 2002, with a little help from Phil Collins and Brian May: