Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2888 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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Good Sunday morning (but not from Winnipeg) from Youngstown, Ohio. After four relaxing days with friends in Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario, I am finally completing my move from the USA to Canada by emptying out a storage locker in Delaware, and driving a rental box van (containing the contents of said locker) back to Winnipeg – a four day journey (26 hours total driving).
Another very typical and very enjoyable Sunday puzzle from Virgilius which I found to be more difficult than recent weeks requiring considerable head scratching and some electronic assistance.
My favourite is 13a, but 17d is really clever.
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 Gather outside front of restaurant for meal (6)
A synonym for gather containing the first letter (front) of restaurant is a meal that is a combination of two others.
4a Composer getting constant offer of a lift (6)
A Polish composer using the single letter for a constant used by Einstein and a two word phrase for the offer of a lift.
11a Difficulty or complexity that’s not pronounced (4)
Homophone (pronounced) of not.
13a Relating to hope, since religious and sensible (12)
Two letter synonyms for since and religious (the favourite one) followed by a synonym for sensible.
16a Peer‘s perverse, penning funny poem (12)
A synonym for perverse, like one of the Marys in a nursery rhyme, containing (penning) an anagram (funny) of poem.
22a Taxonomic groups in Information Age (6)
Two three letter synonyms, one for information and the other for age.
23a Providing cover for present ringleader in East End Area (8)
The East End area where Alf Garnett lived containing (in) the first (leader) letter of ring.
25a Lament, i.e. bawl, when upset (6)
Anagram (when upset) of i.e. bawl.
1d HQ receiving short message from Asian island (8)
A four letter synonym for HQ containing (receiving) a short message is a description of someone or something from an Asian island.
2d Like diamonds, initially, or a complete pack of cards (5)
Two definitions, the first describes newly mined diamonds.
3d Part of our capital otherwise invested in tea (7)
A four letter synonym for otherwise inside (invested in) a common name for tea (as a drink) gives one half of one of London’s Royal Boroughs.
5d Catch bit of PM’s address and cheer up (7)
‘Get it’ aurally followed by the number (bit of) of the PM’s home/office address.
14d Something added in court about people being put inside (9)
In from the clue, and the two letter abbreviation for court containing (being put inside) the two letter abbreviation for about and a synonym for people.
17d Very much like number of Down clues here (3,4)
The number of Down clues as a proportion of the total number of clues.
19d In eastern parts of desert terrain, claim watering hole (6)
The last letters (eastern parts of) desert and terrain containing (In) a favourite synonym for claim or declare.
(And of course this is a well known watering hole in Long Itchington)
21d Like an old picture showing Greek character in Aegean, say (5)
The body of water which describes (say) the Aegean containing a Greek character which gives the colour frequently found in old monochrome photographs.
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Today’s musical moment was ‘prompted’ by pommers including a video of a busker performing a Dire Straits number a couple of Thursdays ago. Here we have two of the finest guitar players ever. I have their collaborative CD (Neck and Neck) from 25 years ago – good job it’s not vinyl, I would have worn it out long ago. There is quite a long introduction (by Chet Atkins introducing who is with him on stage), so, if you want to, skip ahead to around the 3 minute mark for the music. Absolutely brilliant.