Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2982 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we have had another heatwave and reached plus one yesterday.
Well, others may not agree, but I thought that this was the gentlest Sunday Dada yet – with, dare I say it, a ‘Virgilius’ sprinkling of anagrams (including partials), a reverse lurker, and a homophone (not hinted, but it’s 7d).
Joint favourites – 15a and 2d.
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 Two animals — requirement for four or six, perhaps? (7,3)
A jumping insect followed by a flying mammal.
10a Singular instrument needing strings slackened? (5)
The abbreviation for singular and a type of stringed instrument.
11a Lovely job of a police officer (9)
A double definition – the second is one part of a police officer’s job description.
15a Tester of water temperature gulping drink, this food’s hot (7)
An extremity of one’s body that might be used to test water temperature containing (gulping) a type of (sparkling) wine.
21a Miss married to small man from Italy (7)
Mis-direction abounds – a synonym of miss after (married to) the single letter for small.
27a Country houses one’s making somewhere in Asia (9)
A country containing (houses) ONE’S (ignoring the apostrophe) from the clue.
28a Part of oven on, extra switches for gas (5)
The reverse lurker (part of . . . switches) found in three words in the clue.
30a A shift in roles leaving only odd characters in high spirits (10)
A from the clue, and a synonym of shift contained by (in) the odd letters of RoLeS.
1d Everything forgotten by diva with first of high notes, perhaps? (4)
Start with an American-born Greek diva, remove (forgotten by) a synonym for everything, and add on (with) the first letter of High.
3d Greek letter, a couple of pages in the spirit of an Egyptian (5)
A from the clue and the abbreviation for multiple pages inserted into (in) one of the spiritual elements of an Egyptian soul.
5d Close door at the end, blocking various aisles (7)
The last letter (at the end) of door contained by (blocking) an anagram (various) of AISLES.
8d Generous sack filled with rubbish I gather (3-7)
A word that sack is a slang synonym of containing (filled with) an anagram (rubbish) of I GATHER .
14d Merchandise as yet not shifting (5-5)
A synonym of merchandise and a single word for as yet
18d It, for example, starts to consume everything, say (9)
The part of speech that IT is an example of followed by the initial letters (starts) of Consume and Everything.
21d Following drive, a companion leaves (7)
A synonym for drive, A from the clue, and the two letters that indicate membership of a meritorious order.
26d Burden lies with you and me? (4)
The combination of two two-letter words – the first is a synonym of lies with and the second indicates you and me.
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Not a lot to choose from this week, so I have come all the way forward to 1985, number one for two weeks starting December 14th: