Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2979 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, on Friday, we had a heatwave with a high of plus one degree and, in Marseille, Canada (finally) qualified for next year’s Rugby World Cup overcoming Germany, Hong Kong, and Kenya in a round robin repechage (I thought they only happened in rowing) and for their efforts they will be in Pool B with the All Blacks and Springboks.
The second Sunday puzzle from Dada which I found less challenging than last week but still in the Toughie end of the spectrum and a slightly ‘odd’ grid with 11 acrosses and 17 downs.
Joint favourites – 15a and 4d.
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:
6a Fine not yet paid (11)
A double definition to start – the first is a synonym of fine which is nothing to do with the second.
9a Gannet, one curious bird (6)
A synonym of gannet (nothing to do with the flying variety) and an anagram (curious) of ONE.
11a Clipped shot during game of tennis one’s played (6,4)
A synonym of a type of shot with the last letter removed (clipped) contained by (during) one of the variations of tennis.
15a Hen’s job to come by good egg — skill of home-making perhaps? (11)
A single word for a hen’s job after (to come by) a single word for a person who might also be described as a good egg.
22a Community decision (10)
A second double definition – the first might be a historical community.
25a Grey substance Greek character found among the ashes? (8)
The 21st letter of the Greek alphabet contained by (found among) where ashes might be found.
28a Fruit with flower and blossom? (5,6)
A liquid found in the body (it flows, so is a flower?) and a fragrant blossom.
1d Grand reserve bottles for every one (6)
An abbreviated form of a type of reserve player containing (bottles) a single word for for every one.
2d Time awaiting payment nerve-racking at first, cause to get agitated about it? (6)
The initial (first) letter of Nerve-racking contained by (about it) of an anagram (to get agitated) of CAUSE – it’s in the BRB!
4d Credentials are on report, probably (1,4,3)
A two letter abbreviated term for credentials, ARE from the clue, and a synonym of report separated out in accordance with the enumeration.
7d US president with nothing in diary, apparently (5)
A slang synonym of nothing and a single word that can be equivalent to in diary, apparently.
12d Blooming colourful circle inside kaleidoscope (3)
A lurker (inside) found in the last word of the clue.
17d Gatecrashing little party, excited for sure (4-4)
A synonym of excited contained by (gatecrashing) an abbreviated form of a political party.
19d Green vegetable black, by the sound of it? (5)
A homophone of a synonym of black which could refer to being overcooked.
20d One admitting failure at the outset — probably not working out? (5)
The type of numeral that one is an example of containing (admitting) the first (at the outset) of Failure.
26d London landmark burning up (4)
A synonym of burning reversed (up).
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Chuck Berry started 4 weeks at number one with this little ditty (Wikipedia classifies it as a novelty song) on this day in 1972: