Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2988 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, for most of the week, our daily high temperatures have been lower than the average seasonal low temperatures!
Today, Dada appears to be making no allowances for possible degraded brain function of anyone who might have over-indulged at BB10 yesterday, giving us a handful of anagrams (including partials), and one lurker in 29 clues for which I am providing 17 hints to assist in solving.
Candidates for favourite -16a, 27a, and 13d .
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:
9a Horn, I gathered — on this animal? (5)
A straightforward anagram to start (gathered) of HORN I.
11a Top deck on public transport? (7)
A synonym of deck after (on) a form of public transport.
13a Common political activist (5)
A double definition – the first relates to an area of open land.
16a Location of what divides us, not going any further (7,3,3,2)
A double definition(?) – the second relates to secret or private information.
21a Head of bank with responsibility for extra money (5)
The first letter (head) of Bank followed by (with) a synonym of responsibility.
25a In lexicographical reference, ‘hand’ forgotten (7)
A type of ‘hand’ in the abbreviation for a well known lexicographical reference.
27a Break last of massive optical devices covering half of vent (9)
The last letter of massivE, and some optical devices containing (covering) half of the word VENT from the clue.
28a Stringed instrument? No thanks: old Latin American instrument (5)
A stringed instrument with the informal term for thanks removed (no) and the single letter for old.
1d Whitewash edges of door, lid off container (4)
The ‘edge’ letters of DooR and a type of container with its first letter removed (lid off).
3d Still without a proposal? (10)
A single word that could mean being without a proposal (to vote on).
5d South opposed to past capital (8)
The single letter for South, a single word for opposed to, and a synonym of past.
8d Gracious, angelic quality of yours truly? (2,8)
An angelic quality belonging to our setter?
13d Amazed lip bleeding after this, perhaps(10)
When written as (3,7) the action that might cause lip bleeding.
15d Up-and-down opener in no-win situation, some fiddle (10)
A single word for a no-win situation and part of (some) a fiddle.
18d Western Asian states formerly in decline are as tempting (4,4)
The lurker (in) found in the rest of the clue.
22 One idiot or another from Belfast? (6)
Written as (2,4) this could be an idiot from Belfast.
26d A bit lower (4)
A reasonably straightforward double definition to finish.
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Today is the 263rd anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, to celebrate here is the first (allegro) movement of Eine Kleine Nactmusik: