Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2989 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg. Last month, Tantalus asked me which temperature scale I was using in my weather reports. Well, on Wednesday it did not matter as we started the day at minus 40 degrees, thankfully, we have warmed up somewhat since then except that it went from ‘too cold to snow’ to ‘let it snow (some more)’ as a snow-bearing ‘Colorado Low’ is on its way!
Today is the second anniversary, well close enough for government work, of my Sunday blogging which began with ST 2885 on February 5, 2017 and Dada has given us a Toughie, at least I thought it was, with some ‘stretched’ synonyms, a handful of anagrams, two homophones, and one lurker (not hinted, but should be reasonably obvious).
Candidates for favourite – 9a, 27a (an oldie but goodie?), 4d, and 7d.
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 Some piping hot wraps rolled off (11)
A synonym of hot (referring to a liquid?) containing (wraps) OFF from the clue reversed (rolled).
9a County flock diminished, as some might say? (14)
A homophone (as some might say) of how a farmer might say that a flock was smaller (diminished).
13a File useless in the end, hammer nails (4)
A synonym of hammer contains (nails) the last letter (in the end) of useleS.
17a Top bounder? (6)
A double definition – the first is an item of clothing.
20a Preening string of feathers, smart (8)
A string of feathers used as a decorative item of clothing and a synonym of smart.
22a Support vehicle heading west, kilometre behind (4)
A type of vehicle reversed (heading west) followed by an abbreviation for kilometre (which is not the one I am familiar with).
27a Present a woman’s leg, perhaps? (8,6)
A tongue in cheek (perhaps?) double definition – the first is a small (Christmas) present.
28a Clever Dick blitzed tyrants with spam (6-5)
An anagram (blitzed . . . with) of TYRANTS and SPAM.
2d Huge 4WD car, the real cost laughable? (7,7)
An anagram (laughable) of CAR, THE REAL COST gives a slang term for a 4WD vehicle (used in an urban environment).
4d Cricket side hit out (2,6)
One of the ‘sides’ of a cricket pitch and a synonym for hit.
7d Frustrating thing, redundancy process? (14))
Perhaps(?) written as (3-11) the process of making employees redundant.
8d Vaulted ceiling of green repeated in building of pale red (11)
The first letter (ceiling) of Green repeated and inserted into (in) an anagram (building) OF PALE RED
10d Domestic restriction in the main covered by period on holiday (5,6)
A single word for the main inserted into a (time) period and a single word for on holiday.
18d Good to confine son, sports official has claimed — buzzy little nipper? (8)
The single letter for son contained by (has claimed) the short form of a sports official all contained by (to confine) a synonym of good.
21d In audition, person singing note (6)
The second homophone (in audition) of a male singer.
26d Mediterranean island fit for uprising? (4)
A synonym of fit reversed (for uprising).
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Graham Nash (The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, and Nash (and Young)) was 77 yesterday, here is C, S, & N with Marrakesh Express released in 1969 not long after they had got together: