Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2997 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where Spring is trying to establish itself but not without the occasional wintry feature returning briefly.
Dada has given us benevolence in the East, not so much in the West, with more than a handful of anagrams, with some strange indicators, one lurker, and three homophones!
Candidates for favourite – 14a, 25a, 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 Understand downward measurement (6)
A double definition to start – the second relates to measurement at sea.
11a Dud and I came to tour old country (9)
An anagram (dud – I said there are some strange indicators) of AND I CAME containing (to tour) the single letter for old.
12a Cooking vessel disgusting, so in a tizzy (7)
A type of cooking vessel and an informal synonym of disgusting.
14a Dubious article between furniture items, face to face (9)
One of the indefinite articles inserted between two items of furniture, one of which has been reversed (face to face).
17a Adjoining rooms adorable, by the sound of it (5)
The first homophone (by the sound of it) of a synonym of adorable.
21a Assessment devoured, having the will (7)
Synonyms of assessment and devoured.
25a Hurtful, shade reflective having broken heart (9)
A type of shade, that is worn, reversed (reflective) inserted into (having broken) a synonym of heart.
26a Relative in Greece injured back (5)
The lurker (in) found reversed (back) in two words of the clue.
28a Perfect Europeans (6)
A double definition to finish the Acrosses which depends on the pronunciation of the first word of the clue and gives some of our favourite Europeans.
2d Seed in a load of old chestnuts? (5)
A from the clue and a single word that might describe one of the uses of chestnuts.
5d Method of torture alien and always criminal (9)
An implement used for torture, the favourite movie alien, and the contracted synonym of always.
6d Gold daubed on bottom of white stick (5)
An anagram (daubed) of GOLD followed by (on) the last letter (bottom) of whitE.
7d A new month occupying Chinese nation (3,6)
A from the clue, the single letter for new, and an abbreviated form of one of the twelve months all inserted into (occupying) a prefix used to denote Chinese.
9d Get a grip on composer, audibly (6)
The second homophone (audibly), the third is 23d (unclued), of the illustrated composer.
16d State in existence, working hard (9)
A favourite synonym of state in a synonym of existence.
18d Detect water as liquid or vapour, by deduction? (6)
Water can exist in three phases, if it is liquid or vapour it rules out the third phase expressed as (3,3).
22d Killer doctor after mix of blood types? (1-4)
One of the usual abbreviations for a doctor after the combination (mix) of two blood types.
22d Smooth journalists (5)
A straightforward double definition to finish the Downs and the puzzle.
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