Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2887 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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Good Sunday morning from Winnipeg. The winter festival is underway, but unseasonably warm temperatures, 10 degrees above normal, are restricting some of the events and everything is starting to melt.
The training wheels have been taken off and thrown into the nearest snow drift (before it melts)!
Another very typical and very enjoyable Sunday puzzle from Virgilius which I was able to complete at a fast canter, but there was some head scratching to understand the parsing of some of the answers before I could write the hints.
My favourite is 20a (which was one of the parsing head scratchers).
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:
7a Last word in food and source of water (8)
A synonym for food, and where one might draw water create a parting wish.
11a Almost cancel insignificant examination (8)
A synonym for cancel (or clean) with its last letter removed (almost) and insignificant in size.
12a Rationality was unusually seen in training facility (7,7)
Anagram (unusually) of RATIONALITY WAS is a place where a mode of transport stops.
15a Go mad when turned back (4)
Reversal (turned back) of flying mammals that are also used as a synonym for mad.
20a A great shot inside box by US player (7,7)
A significant person who was assassinated by an actor while at the theatre.
23a Laws in parts of America restricting organisation of workers (8)
The body that oversees the organization of workers missing its last letter (restricting) inside the 50 territories that make up the USA.
25a Provoke statement of where local stands (6)
Homophone (statement) of a type of public house and its location.
28a Fellow became different, started to function unreliably (8)
The single letter for fellow and an adjective that describes having become different.
1d For example, fly in section including front of aircraft (4)
A three letter word for section containing the first letter (front of) aircraft is what an angler uses to attract fish.
3d Applauds, with odd exceptions, what’s beneficial (4)
Deletions (with odd exceptions) of odd letters of APPLAUDS create a term for beneficial.
5d Visibly in pain, I object after heartless conflict (8)
A three letter conflict with the middle letter removed (heartless), I from the clue, and one of Virgilius’ favourite synonyms for an object.
6d Old projectile making member of clergy yell audibly (10)
Homophone (audibly) of a more senior clergyman and a type of yell gives what would sit on a brass monkey.
8d Initially elm, then other trees, rot (7)
The first letter (initially) of Elm, followed by two three letter trees gives a word for nonsense.
13d Putting time into art somehow, energetic and able to draw (10)
Anagram (somehow) of art containing single letter for time followed by a synonym for energetic result in a synonym for alluring.
18d Of minimal importance, as opposed to one in suit (7)
A suit which is a type of hearing containing the letter that is used for one and the letter that indicates a contest between teams.
22d Prestige as result of long standing in court (6)
A synonym for long (desire) inside (standing in) the abbreviation for court.
26d Set of digits starts off 2,1,8,7 (4)
The starting letters of the numerals in the clue are the appendages to the feet.
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First, the disclaimer – my sister is six years older than me, so, in the late 1950s and the early 1960s, I had to ‘put up with’ the music of Cliff Richard, Adam Faith, Marty Wilde, etc. However, I consider that the Shadows have become timeless, and this track (which I think was on the first album) is magnificent. I tried, without success, to find an actual video (other than a so-called ‘tribute’ by someone else); enjoy it regardless.