Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2998 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we have been having some April showers with mostly the fluffy white type of precipitation.
Thanks to Chris Lancaster for getting the web site clock fixed on Friday, greatly appreciated.
More benevolence from Dada, how long will it last? It was quite a task to decide which clues not to hint on. More than a handful of anagrams, one lurker (not hinted, but it’s 25d), and no homophones!
Candidates for favourite – 30a, 7d, and 8d – which you will notice are the non-anagram 13 letter clues.
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 Online helper seen reaching out (6,6)
An anagram (out) to start of SEEN REACHING.
10a Dreadful blow having split with a party (7)
A single word for split followed by (having . . . with) A from the clue and a synonym for party.
11a Kind of transport protest (4)
A double definition, the second is a synonym of protest.
13a Insect used to be heading for picnic (4)
A single word for used to be followed by the first letter (heading for) of Picnic.
17a God embraced by mostly fearful orchestra members (7)
A (Greek) god inserted into (embraced by) a synonym of fearful with its last letter removed (mostly).
21a Marvel seeing vehicle turning in distance (7)
A type of vehicle reversed (turning) contained by (seeing . . . in) a measure of distance.
24a Dread snakes — like this one? (5)
An anagram (snakes) of DREAD gives a snake.
29a Sample covering old kitchen appliance (7))
A type of sample containing (covering) the single letter for old.
30a Shiner one European’s given to another! (6,6)
The adjective that describes originating in a particular European country followed by another adjective that describes originating in another European country.
1d Wet nag is OK when swimming (7)
An anagram (when swimming) of NAG IS OK.
3d Comfort panel (7)
A double definition, the second refers to a control panel.
6d Monroe film a belter ultimately, repeatedly uplifting (7)
A from the clue, the last letter (ultimately) of belter, and a synonym of repeatedly all reversed (uplifting) gives a film starring the former Norma Jeane Mortenson.
7d Nation in fashion, conventional honestly (4,3,6)
A Middle Eastern nation contained by (in) a synonym of fashion followed by a synonym of conventional (old fashioned, perhaps).
8d Analysis about odd parts of poll is free (13)
A type of analysis containing (about) the odd letters (parts) of PoL Is.
15d Stylish vehicles turned up (5)
The plural of a type of rail vehicle reversed (turned up).
20d Come on wife, split the bill! (2,5)
A single word for come on and a Cockney slang synonym for wife.
22d Feline venom arising after hurt, head cut (7)
A synonym of venom (as in dislike) reversed (arising) after a synonym of hurt with its first letter removed (head cut).
27d Hired vehicle cheers all those in football team? (4)
An informal synonym of cheers and the number (all those), in Roman numerals, in an Association Football team.
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Gilbert O’Sullivan achieved the second of his two UK number ones on this day in 1973, and it was in the number one ‘slot’ for two weeks: