Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2992 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, on Wednesday and yesterday, it became warm (less cold) enough for snow so Mother Nature obliged!
Today Dada, for me, in a benevolent mood with some possible oldies but goodies, a handful of anagrams, one homophone, and one lurker in a slightly asymmetrical 29 clues.
Candidates for favourite – 10a, 2d, and 24d.
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 Lids removed when tipped over? Exactly (4,2)
A (2,4) expression equivalent to lids removed all reversed (when tipped over).
10a Dip one’s toe in Hampshire river (4)
A single word that can mean dip one’s toe in gives an oldie but goodie river famous for its fly fishing.
13a Sling your hook, overwhelmed by another’s hook (4)
The lurker (overwhelmed by) found in the rest of the clue.
15a Dangerous king enters in dynastic style? (8)
One of the abbreviations for king inserted into (enters) a (1,2) phrase borrowed from across the Channel to indicate in the style of and a Chinese dynasty.
19a Kind of light, really (4)
A double definition – the first is a type of signal.
21a You’ve been caught cold in superhero’s neighbourhood, no end (6)
The single letter for cold inserted into (in) the city where a superhero lives with the last letter removed (no end).
25a Mole good on queen (4)
The favourite two letter synonym of good and the regnal cipher of HM.
26a One space to the left, country marking numbers on documents (10)
The letter than can be used to represent one and a synonym of space all reversed (to the left) followed by a synonym of country.
28a Christmas dinner a miserable failure (6)
A double definition, and oldie but goodie; a picture is worth a thousand (or less) words.
2d Horse box (5)
Another double definition and another one where I will leave it to the illustration.
4d Article written up on artist in Japanese city (6)
One of the indefinite articles reversed (written up) followed by (on) a romantic (Spanish) artist.
5d Area of mystery in novel tangible with a murder (7,8)
A 15-letter anagram (novel) of TANGIBLE with A MURDER.
7d Reportedly, school taken down (5)
The homophone (reportedly) of the cruciverbalists’ favourite school.
14d Chairman Mao ultimately converted, blow it! (9)
An anagram (converted) of CHAIRMAN and the last letter (ultimately) of MaO.
20d Hat figure put on head, lifted up (6)
A figure (number) followed by (put on) a synonym of head all reversed (lifted up).
24d Free, small rooms empty initially (5)
The convenient small rooms and the first letter (initially) of Empty.
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South Wales’ finest – Amen Corner with their only number one at the end of its two week run in that spot at this time in 1969: