Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2984 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, more snow and more cold.
Our esteemed DT crossword editor described last Sunday’s Dada puzzle as ‘fiendish’ (which it wasn’t) but, based on that assessment, today’s puzzle is diabolical (which it is) – only 26 clues, for which I am giving 16 hints so there should be no need for ‘supplementary’ requests (and the naughty corner should remain empty) – four anagrams, one lurker, and two homophones (one of them an absolutely brilliant double homophone).
Candidates for favourite – 23a, 2d, and 18d.
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:
7a Test round part is going round (7)
A (verbal) test surrounding (round) a synonym of part.
8a Comfortable thing, executive admits, work on newspaper (7)
A synonym of executive that we saw quite recently (in a Dada puzzle?) contains (admits) a comfortable item of furniture.
11a Party saving minute deposit(4)
A UK political party containing (saving) the single letter for minute.
12a Bugs Bunny’s opening song impressing cutie, occasionally (8)
The initial letter (opening) of Bunny and an operatic song containing (impressing) an alternate selection (occasionally) of letters from cutie.
14a Coarse ground initially wet (6)
The initial letter of Ground and a synonym for wet (weather).
20a King George holding on, no ruler (8)
The regnal cipher of King George containing a synonym of on and NO from the clue.
23a Main villain in opera and songs from Germany on the radio? (10)
An opera (by a German composer, I think it was actually an operatic series) and a homophone (on the radio) of the German for song or songs.
26a Parrot I breed, it’s caged (7)
A synonymic phrase for I breed containing (caged) IT from the clue.
1d Eleven ways artist lifted (7)
One of the types of ways (that are travelled on) and the usual two latter artist all reversed (lifted) – a big groan when the penny dropped on this one.
2d By the sound of it, important little bird (4)
The absolutely brilliant double homophone (by the sound of it) that sounds like the combination of synonyms of important and little.
5d Old music lover in band, her age mysterious (10)
An anagram (mysterious) of BAND, HER AGE.
6d One of thirteen in England, I am on duty (7)
The lurker (in) found in the rest of the clue.
13d Match decider ultimately in cup — might it be? (10)
A synonym of match and the last letter (ultimately) of decider contained by (in) a type of cup.
17d Nutty fruit (7)
A double definition – I don’t think I have to say anything else.
18d Perfect place for the swine, in fairness (7)
A (verbal) synonym of perfect and where swine ‘live.’
24d Flip that is a drink (4)
I am not sure about this one, but the web site accepted my answer – the reversal (flip) of a (2’1) synonym of that is and A from the clue.
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Del Shannon (remember him?), born on this day in 1934, with his only UK number one from 1961: