Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2999 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where on Friday we had more white stuff from a ‘side swipe’ of a ‘bomb cyclone’ (the rapid deepening of an extratropical cyclonic low pressure area – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Explosive_cyclogenesis ) that dumped significant amounts of snow on North Dakota and Minnesota to the South of us.
Today Dada is less benevolent than in recent weeks but still quite reasonable. A handful of anagrams, with some unusual indicators, one lurker (not hinted, but it’s 9a), and one homophone.
Candidates for favourite – 20a, 8d, and 27d.
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 Medicine administered, drop fed to beastly female (6))
A synonym of drop contained by (fed to) the female of an animal species (beastly).
10a After embroidery, I undress various things (8)
An anagram (after embroidery) of I UNDRESS.
12a Dance anything but a dream, did you say? (4)
The homophone (did you say) of a single word for anything but a dream.
14a Shop that was run by me, turned over (4)
A (1,3) phrase for that was run by me reversed (turned over).
17a Demonstratively cheery rugby players drinking (12)
The players that make up just under half of a Rugby Union team and a synonym of drinking (usually applied to our four legged friends) – the BRB indicates this as (4-8) and I am inclined to agree.
20a Commonplace affair, rotten deed (6-2-4)
The stringing together of synonyms of affair, rotten, and deed.
24a Biblical king, that man getting stick (5)
The nominative form of the pronoun for that man followed by (getting) a type of stick.
29a African country like that leads (6)
A single word for like that comes before (leads) a country (that happens to be in Africa, but is not connected with the answer).
31a Court and office acting badly (6)
A synonym of court (as in go out with) and a type of (home) office.
1d Illustrate manufacture of rice beds (8)
An anagram (manufacture of) RICE BEDS.
2d Writing piece, time passed (8)
A double definition, the second refers to time passed at HM’s pleasure.
5d Box completing bingo line — is one chirpy? (5,7)
A synonym of box contained by (completing) the alternative word to bingo called out by a potential winner and a synonym of line – not a particularly well written clue and this is the only way I can see of getting the synonym of box into the position required for the answer.
8d Bird family inferior to relative (6)
A synonym of family placed after (inferior to) the abbreviated form of a sibling relative.
15d Carrier in the morning brings tea (5)
A carrier that is a beast of burden and the abbreviation of the Latin for in the morning (and brings is just filling).
18d Support worker shot, sportingly? (8)
Synonyms of support and worker.
21d African plant for afternoon meal (6)
A synonym of for and the single word for an afternoon meal.
22d Subdued complaint as alcoholic double upended (6)
An alcoholic drink repeated (double) and reversed (upended).
27d Engine with a screw loose? (4)
A double definition, the first is an abbreviated form of the type of engine illustrated below.
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A random selection this week. I heard this on an ‘oldies’ radio station last Sunday, and the video compilation seems to work well with it