Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2986 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where the snow disposal mountains are growing steadily. The city has four snow disposal sites with a total capacity of 1,700,000 cubic metres (although I am not sure that there should be a height limit restricting volume on an open air site) which is approximately equivalent to 20 Royal Albert Halls.
Today, Dada has given us a Virgilius like puzzle, but with his style of cluing, containing nine anagrams (five of them partials) with some not so obvious indicators that may take some time to identify, three homophones one of which may not pass a litmus test, and one lurker.
Candidates for favourite – 10a, 5d, and 21d.
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 Bed delivery discussed? (5)
We start with one of the homophones (discussed) of a type of delivery.
4a Smart wrapping paper going in large quantities (9)
A synonym of smart (as in pain) containing (wrapping) a quantity of paper.
10a Wood pigeon’s head cradled by bloke (5)
The initial letter (head) of Pigeon inserted into (cradled by) a synonym of bloke – OK, I had to include this one.
12a Support true reforms after move quickly backfiring (7)
An anagram (reforms) of TRUE after a single word for move quickly reversed (backfiring).
18a Driver perhaps hit reversing, then hit again (4,4)
A synonym of hit (as in punish) reversed (reversing) followed by another (then . . . again) synonym of hit.
20a Feeder scoffing last of dessert, perfect! (4,2)
An item used when eating (feeder) containing (scoffing) the final letter (last of) of desserT.
26a Case left behind large rooms, unopened (5)
The single letter for left after (behind) the plural of a type of large room (which may contain plants and seating) with its first letter removed (unopened).
28a Percentage turned around, saving dosh initially in hospitals (9)
An anagram (around) of TURNED containing (saving) the first letter (initially) of Dosh all contained by (in) two of the single letter for hospital.
29a Related item hotel at Bangkok perhaps reported? (3-2)
The second homophone (perhaps reported) of a type of hotel in the country where Bangkok is located.
1d Invoice Gabon produced for flooded channel in Oz (9)
A synonym of invoice followed by an anagram (produced) of GABON.
2d Dangerous rig unfinished, limit to achievement? (5)
RIg from the clue with the last letter deleted (unfinished) and a word that is used in a phrase to describe the limit to achievement.
5d Seriously consider space in rowing team, after audition? (8)
The third homophone, which may not pass a litmus test, IN from the clue ‘sandwiched’ between the homophonic pair (after audition) of a synonym of space and a term for a rowing team.
7d Audacious banking rules originally, not wise (9)
A synonym of audacious containing (banking) the initial letter (originally) of Rules.
14d Son-in-law and I suspect one supported old US president (9)
An anagram (suspect) of SON-IN-LAW and I.
16d Chant revealed spinster or bachelor? (9)
A synonym of chant and a synonymic phrase (3,2) of revealed.
21d Praise suggestion to carry double in lift (7)
A type of suggestion containing a synonym of double all reversed (in lift)
23d Somewhat ecstatic at changes in contract (5)
The lurker (somewhat) found in the rest of the clue.
25d Path where first of twigs collected by rake (5)
The initial (first) letter of Twigs inserted into (collected by) a synonym of rake (not the garden tool kind).
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Dame Shirley Bassey, 82 years young on Tuesday the 8th, at the 1971 Royal Variety Performance: