Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2983 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where it was warm enough for rain on Wednesday but, after that temporary aberration, we went back to snow all day yesterday.
A very Happy Christmas to Big Dave, Chris Lancaster, all setters, bloggers, and participants in the world’s biggest and best crossword blog.
This week Dada has given us a very straightforward, very enjoyable, seasonal puzzle (but that will probably stir up the curmudgeons), although he does appear to like grids that result in asymmetrical clue lists – with more than a sprinkling of anagrams (including a partial), and two lurkers, one a reversal, but no homophones.
Joint favourites – 1d and 17d.
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 Christmas favourite thing: tinsel for decorating (6,5)
An anagram to start (for decorating) of THING: TINSEL
11a Yank featuring in one ripping tale that’s emotional (4-6)
A synonym of yank inserted into (featuring in) a single word for one (who is) ripping.
15a Seasonal good wishes, remarks inspiring leaders in pretty lacklustre institution (11)
A synonym of remarks containing (inspiring) the initial letters (leaders in) of the last words in the clue.
21a Somewhat disliked, a mean pantomime character (4)
The lurker (somewhat) contained in three words in the clue.
22a Collapse of art trade we just survive (5,5)
An anagram (collapse of) ART TRADE WE.
27a Failure, Christmas dinner (6)
A double definition, the first is a slang synonym of a failure.
28a Mad on Christmas, those likely to enjoy the Queen’s Speech? (11)
An anagram (mad) of ON CHRISTMAS.
1d Wallet ultimately secreted by Scrooge — that’s what you’d call him (6)
The last letter (ultimately) of walleT inserted into (secreted by) a nounal description of Scrooge.
2d Order always coming up after Christmas time (6)
The (poetic/literary?) contraction of a synonym of always, reversed (coming up) placed after the abbreviated form of the month that Christmas falls in.
4d Hang about, that is for stockings, say? (8)
If you are looking for a homophone (say) stop looking – a single word for hang about followed by the abbreviated form of the Latin for that is.
7d Set up bar for party (5)
The reversal (set up) of a type of bar.
13d Carver with some beef in kitchen to be served up (5)
The reverse lurker (with some . . . to be served up) found in the words ‘sandwiched’ between the lurker/reversal indicators.
17d Pantomime horse’s rear in difficult part, writer has admitted (5,3)
A type of writer (used by a writer) containing (has admitted) an anagram (difficult) of PART containing (in) the last letter (rear) of horsE.
18d Certainly not getting wife present! (3)
A single short word for certainly not and the single letter for wife.
23d Particular Christmas film seen in Irish house (6)
A two letter Christmas film (news to me, I don’t think I have seen it at any time of the year) contained by (seen in) the lower house of the Irish parliament.
26d Arrest Christmas saint? (4)
A double definition to finish – the first is a slang synonym of arrest.
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José Feliciano expressing Season’s Greetings as only he can: