Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2990 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, this week, we have been consistently 10 degrees below seasonal normals which makes the organisers of Festival du Voyageur (the annual winter festival), which starts on the 15th, happy because there is plenty of snow and ice to make the festival a success.
Today Dada has returned to asymmetry with some ‘stretched’ synonyms, a handful of anagrams, three homophones, and one lurker in 28 clues (16 acrosses and 12 downs).
Candidates for favourite – 14a, 19a, 6d, and 8d.
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 Imperialist of the past preserved? (5)
Written as (2,3) a method of preserving food.
11a Figure left to stuff hollow turkey (6)
A synonym of left inserted into (to stuff) turkey with the inside letters removed (hollow).
14a Crowd screening film in beastly joint (7)
A synonym of crowd containing (screening) a well-known film with a two-letter title.
16a I step back alongside cold mountain peak, perhaps? (3,3)
I from the clue, and a synonym of step reversed (back) after (alongside) the single letter for cold.
19a Recall everyone, say, in plant (7)
The reversal (recall) of the assemblage of a synonym of everyone, the Latin abbreviation that can used for say, and IN from the clue.
22a Liaison’s ending in emotional kind of poem (6)
The last letter (‘s ending) of liaison contained by (in) a synonym of emotional.
23a Bay maybe is said to be rough (6)
The first homophone (said to be) of what a bay might be an example of (maybe).
24a Rest lung, possibly? (8)
A double definition possibly, the first is a type of rest.
26a Grind, emptying out green powder (5)
Green with its interior letters removed (emptying out) and a type of powder.
2d I agree 100%, a less than fair split? (3,4)
A less than equal share which is not a fair split.
5d Mouselike hair in Shakespearean character (7)
A synonym of mouselike and a strand of hair.
7d Scandinavian stuff in Norwegian banks (4)
The lurker (banks) found in the rest of the clue.
8d Dish of rubbery meat? (4,10)
A type of meat and an item (of footware) that can be made out of rubber.
15d Recovering maybe initially, likely to fall off boxes? (2,3,4)
The first letter (initially) of Maybe contained by (boxes) a (2,3,3) expression for likely to fall off.
20d Attend to a bandage for the ear? (7)
The third homophone (for the ear) (the second is 9d) of A from the clue and a synonym of bandage.
22d Run into swarm on the rise (4)
A synonym of swarm reversed (on the rise)
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