Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2994 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we ‘sprang forward’ at 2:00am our time and for three weeks, I think, we are down to being 5 hours behind UK time. So, hopefully the blog still ‘appeared’ at 10:00am UK time (while I was sleeping).
Today, for me, Dada’s recent benevolence has come to a grinding halt, with a handful of anagrams, one lurker, one homophone, and an awful lot of head scratching and special thanks to crypticsue for providing the hint for 14d.
Candidates for favourite – 15a, 22a, and 10d.
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 Boomerang champion let go (8)
A synonym of champion (as in support) and a single word for let go.
9a Odd pieces cut out, spam retains remarkably fresh flavor (9)
An anagram (remarkably) of sPaM (odd pieces cut out) and RETAINS.
11a Saved by superhero, delegates go to pieces! (5)
The lurker (saved by) found in two words in the clue.
15a Fool, regarding single mistake, shut up (6,4,3)
A four letter fool, a two letter synonym of regarding, a synonym of single, and a type of mistake all assembled together and then broken down per the enumeration.
18a Finally, how might an inclusively unique show be performed? (4,3,3,3)
How many times a unique show might be performed plus a term that indicates inclusivity.
22a Stylish woman making first appearance, broadcasting (8)
The abbreviated form of a (young) woman making a first appearance and a (2,3) term that is equivalent to broadcasting.
27a Exuberant testament written by endless online trolls? (9)
The short form of one of two testaments placed after (written by) a single letter that indicates ‘on line’ and a synonym of trolls with the last letter removed (endless).
29a Rare, one abroad on public land (8)
One in a foreign language (abroad) and the type of public land where these characters live.
1d Primate — shaggy hair own creation? (8)
A single word that might apply to shaggy hair and something that can be created by two people – and yes, this little guy is a primate.
3d A mess, newspaper in Algarve city (7)
A term used to describe a (red top) newspaper contained by (in) a city in the Algarve region (of Portugal).
7d New approach penning conclusion of story, text often excluded (9)
An anagram (new) of APPROACH including (penning) the last letter (conclusion) of storY.
10d In ancient city, last bits in pension fund suffering when going under? (3,5)
The last letters (last bits in) pensioN funD contained by (in) an ancient city (in Egypt).
14d Surrealist into an amazing mix of chemicals (4,4)
Insert one of the best known Surrealists into an (informal, especially ironic) adjective meaning amazing or remarkable.
19d Report of defeats in game with strikers (7))
The homophone (report of) of defeats (as a verb).
20d Play the fool ultimately in middle of monologue (7)
THE from the clue and the last letter (ultimately) of fooL contained by (in) the middle letters of monOLOgue.
21d Cap discarded, steered a boat off (6)
A single word for steered a boat with the first letter removed (cap discarded).
25d Go for a spin? (4)
A simple double definition to finish.
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Dame Kiri Te Kanawa was 75 years young on Wednesday, March 6th, here she is singing the anthem for a certain quadrennial sporting event taking place this year in Japan (although you don’t actually get to see her):