Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2995 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, in the early hours of Thursday morning we reached plus one degree and celebrated with a (brief) blizzard (much worse South and East of Winnipeg, and in North Dakota and Minnesota, which will only add to the flooding risk when the thaw happens)!
Thankfully, after the oval ball TV marathon (well done Wales, and, oh dear, England will need constant reminders that a game of rugby lasts 80 minutes before going to Japan), Dada is in a remarkably benevolent frame of mind today with the usual handful of anagrams, one lurker, and no homophones.
Candidates for favourite – 26a, 2d, and 5d
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 Paris in tatters: end of mortal coil (6)
An anagram of (in tatters) of PARIS followed by the last (end) letter of mortaL.
9a Damage in weapons — are those offensive? (5-5)
A synonym of damage contained by (in) more than one type of (bladed) weapon.
11a Teas oddly unavailable, push zero for coffee (8)
What is left after deleting the odd letters (oddly unavailable) from tEaS, a synonym for push, and the letter that can be used to represent zero.
15a Imbibing last of alcohol, tea and cola sadly set aside (8)
An anagram (sadly) of TEA and COLA containing (imbibing) the last letter of alcohoL.
18a News reports finished in jail (8)
A synonym of finished contained by (in) a synonym of jail.
21a Making holes like watching paint dry? (6)
A double definition; the first is a method of making holes.
23a Up-end open container (8)
A synonym of open and a type of container.
26a Where landlord might stand in prison (6,4)
A double definition – see the illustration.
28a Too old really, Labour leader admitted (6)
The single letter for old, and a synonym of really containing (admitted) the first letter (leader) of Labour.
2d County part of Wales initially? Yes, not English! (5)
The first letters (initially) of the three words preceding that instruction followed by what remains when the single letter for English is removed (not) from YeS.
4d Smallest number oft departing English port (6)
Think of an East Coast port with the indicated three letters removed (departing).
5d Woman expecting to help another couple? (9,6)
A woman who increases the size of another couples family.
7d Principle that may come up just the same? (5)
A palindromic (that may come up just the same) synonym of the definition.
8d Wild maiden not selected (9)
An anagram (wild) of MAIDEN NOT
16d Copper racket unlikely to break? (9)
A type of racket and a single word for unlikely to break.
20d Slow to collect a shed (4-2)
The musical term for slow containing (to collect) A from the clue.
24d Country in Peru rallying (5)
We finish with the lurker (in) found in the rest of the clue.
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61 years ago, Perry Como was 2 weeks into an 8 week run at Number 1 with this (which was apparently truncated before being posted on YouTube):