Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2987 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, with extreme low temperatures and wind chills, the weather forecasts are including time for frostbite on exposed skin (10 minutes or less).
Today, Dada has provided us a Toughie type of puzzle, and when I thought I had finished I had to rely on web site submission for confirmation, containing two anagrams (one of them a partial), one homophone, and one lurker.
Candidates for favourite – 11a, 18a, and 15d.
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 Trees in a thicket cleared initially (2,5)
The plural of a type of tree contained by (in) A from the clue and ThickeT from the clue with its ‘interior’ letters removed (cleared).
10a Canopy closing off border for three months (9)
A type of canopy (usually over a bed) containing (closing off) a synonym of border.
11a Good-looking woman has been identified as cleaner (10)
I think woman might be doing double duty – a perhaps non-PC word for a good looking woman and (3,3) how one might say woman has been identified.
14a Without control, public disorder descended (127)
A single word for public disorder and a synonym of descended (when applied to precipitation).
18a For example, setter’s warmer breakfast-time drink? (4,2,3,3)
What setter is an example of and what keeps it warm.
22a Individual that’s struck with equal criticism (10)
A verbal synonym of equal and a synonym of criticism.
27a Benefactor clutches at benefactor! (7)
A type of benefactor containing (clutches) AT from the clue.
28a Fine year after day in command (7)
The single letter for day contained by (in) a synonym of command followed by the single letter for year.
1d Needing no introduction, procession covering Chopin’s first passage (6)
A type of procession with the first letter removed (needing no introduction) containing (covering) the initial letter (‘s first) of Chopin.
2d Complete language spoken? (6)
The homophone (spoken) of a (European) language.
3d File containing personal feature and current picture (4,6)
A type of file containing a personal feature (of which we have two) and a type of current – I am not convinced by this one but my answer was accepted by the web site.
5d Focus of activity in great course, incomplete (9)
A synonym of great and a (main) course of a meal with the last letter removed (incomplete).
7d Better off female keeping fashionable (8)
A synonym of off followed by the third person singular female pronoun containing (keeping) a synonym of fashionable.
15d Fan heading for trouble runs into old player (9)
The initial letter (heading for) of Trouble and the single letter for (crickety) runs inserted into a (2-5) term for an old player.
16d Grand seeing you on beach (8)
The archaic form of you followed by a synonym of beach.
20d Spare space around pub (6)
A synonym of space containing (around) a type of pub – and the answer is in the Small Red Book listing for spare.
24d Test failing, cancel amendment (4)
An anagram (failing) of TEST.
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