Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2985 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we started 2019 at minus 27 degrees, -38 degrees with wind chill, before having another heat wave and reaching plus 3 degrees on Thursday – but it didn’t last.
With the Six Nations Tournament a few weeks away and the RWC later in the year, time for some rugby trivia. Apart from the obvious 6 Northern hemisphere and 2 Southern hemisphere countries, which other three countries have participated in every finals tournament, including this year? Hint – not South Africa as, for ‘political’ reasons, it did not play in the first two tournaments. Answer at the bottom of the hints.
The first Love It or Hate It Sunday puzzle of 2019; personally, I loved it. Dada has given us another of his asymmetrical (more downs than acrosses) puzzles with a slightly above average number of anagrams (including partials) and one lurker.
Candidates for favourite – 12a, 17a, and 18d (an oldie but goodie?).
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:
8a Working, he got ridiculously busy (2,3,2)
A two letter word for working followed by an anagram (ridiculously) of HE GOT.
11a Croon about boat’s artwork (9)
A synonym of croon containing (about) a type of sailing boat.
12a Spud that’s less hard: I’m not sure (5)
ThAT minus (less) the single letter for hard followed by two letters that can indicate being unsure.
14a Alpine slipper concealing funny bags (7)
An item of winter sports equipment that is akin to a tea tray (not the one GB won Olympic medals in last year) containing (concealing) a synonym of funny.
17a One or two perhaps I’d written about in sexy book (8,7)
I’D (without the apostrophe) from the clue reversed (written about) contained by (in) a synonym of sexy followed by an OT book (in the Pentateuch).
21a Rat pack member? (5)
A double definition, the second is an alternative name for the lowest value honour card in a pack.
27a Get under someone’s skin, as perfume? (7)
Another double definition – see the illustration for the second.
28a Stop voting system happening (7)
A two letter abbreviation for a voting system followed by a synonym of happening.
1d Endless pole, problem for marsupial (6)
A type of pole with its last letter removed (endless) followed by a type of (simple arithmetical) problem.
4d Look to break up wrong crowd — in which everyone joins in? (9)
A two letter synonym of look inserted into (to break up) synonyms of wrong and crowd.
5d Piano sonata sounding terrific initially, listen! (4)
An interjection made up of the first letters (initially) of four words in the clue.
7d Might a low budget film be so dark? (8)
How one might describe a dark night.
9d Partly provides for old poet (4)
The lurker (partly) found in one word in the clue.
17d Fixed PC yet? Do I check text for errors? (4-4)
An anagram (fixed) of PC YET? DO I.
18d Digger once impressing a judge (8)
How one might describe a former (once) digger containing (impressing) A from the clue
22d Scalp important figure (6)
Remove (scalp) the first letter of a synonym of important.
25d Money to pay, ruined (4)
A double definition to finish – the second might relate to furnishing materials.
Rugby trivia answer – Argentina, Japan, and Canada!
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