Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2993 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, with springtime temperatures hopefully not too far away, thoughts are turning to assessing the risk of flooding as a result of the thawing of the accumulation of this winter’s snowfalls and 30 or more inches thickness of ice on the Red River (plus whatever North Dakota and Minnesota send downstream to Manitoba).
Today Dada, for me, still in a benevolent mood, but not quite as benevolent as last week, with a handful of anagrams, one lurker, but no homophones in a symmetrical 28 clues.
Candidates for favourite – 1a, 27a, and 23d.
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 Thoroughly cook bitter dessert (8,4)
The combination of a (4,4) term that means the same as thoroughly cook (in an oven) and a synonym of bitter (perhaps, when applied to food).
8a Somewhat ashen, natural dye (5)
The lurker (somewhat) found in the rest of the clue.
11a I select new queen for English city (9)
An anagram (new) of I SELECT and the regnal cipher of HM.
13a Cake hits the floor before ice cream (4,5)
Written (5,4) a single word for hits the floor followed by a type of ice cream serving.
16a Line raised, structure spanning river perhaps not opening (5)
A structure that can perhaps span a river with its first letter removed (not opening).
22a Mark supports strike (9)
Synonyms of supports and strike.
25a An unenjoyable job bagging silver in US port (9)
AN from the clue, followed by a job or task that is not enjoyable containing (bagging) the chemical symbol for silver.
27a Brilliant journey down from Machu Picchu, say? (12)
A downward journey preceded by the South American people who built Machu Pichu.
1d Marsupial in group with one bird (9)
A synonym of group, the single letter that represents one, and a bird (and this one is a water bird).
4d Unreal ray spinning for some time on the moon (5,4)
An anagram (spinning) of UNREAL RAY which gives ‘some time’ which is approximately 354 earth days.
5d Old reptile’s tail found in the American reference book (9)
The end letters (tail) of an old (prehistoric) reptile contained by (found in) THE from the clue and the two letters that indicate American.
7d Boy, a Greek landmark supported by a US city (12)
The short form of a boy’s (or man’s) name, the first A from the clue, a Greek landmark (where the Oracle was to be found), and the second A from the clue.
10d Harry’s turn to get ceramicist’s machine (7,5)
The surname of the student wizard with the possessive S (but not the apostrophe) and a type of (military) turn.
Do you remember the days of B&W TV when the BBC occasionally had to fill gaps between programmes? Enjoy this one:
15d Where chairman presides in the main, unfortunately? (9)
When written as (4,5), this is a description of a chairman’s position.
21d Mother put on party — there’s wine! (5)
The two letter familiar term for mother put on a three letter term for a political party.
24d Crack swimmer claiming victory (5)
A fish (swimmer) frequently associated with a Channel Port containing (claiming) the single letter for victory.
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Roger Daltrey, of The Who, was 75 years young on Friday (and so was Mike d’Abo of Manfred Mann). Here are The Who at a 2015 Hyde Park Concert with Pinball Wizard which reached number 4 in 1969. I was a little surprised to find out that, according to Wikipedia, The Who never had a number one single in the UK: