Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2889 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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Good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where it is trying to warm up, with some success, but we did sink to minus 22C, plus some wind chill, on Thursday morning.
For those of you who might be considering purchasing a BRB; back in December, I was considering purchasing a BRB while I was in London for the Birthday Bash in January. So, I sent an e-mail to Chambers, on December 6th, to ask, as the 13th Edition was published in 2014 (with a revision in 2016), if there was a 14th Edition in the pipeline. Apart from an (automated) acknowledgment with a promise to respond as soon as possible, there was no response before the BB, so I took the plunge anyway and purchased the only copy of the Revised 13th Edition that Foyles had in stock at its Charing Cross Road ‘flagship’ store. Finally, 10 days ago, Chambers’ version of as soon as possible came to pass with a prediction that a 14th edition is projected for publication in 2019. So, if you want a BRB, but want the latest and greatest, you will have quite a time to wait for it.
Another very typical and very enjoyable Sunday puzzle from Virgilius with, for me, the benevolence I hoped for in yesterday’s blog and lots of good clues that made it difficult to select the ones to hint on.
My favourite is 26a, my first one in.
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 It’s enforced as naughty child does wrong (7)
The usual three letter naughty child followed by an anagram (wrong) of DOES.
9a Weight attached to expert coder’s work (7)
The four letter option for a metric unit of mass follows a three letter expert to give what ‘drives’ a computer (so I understand that the Americanism is acceptable).
10a After initial course, study little (7)
One of the possible first courses of a meal followed by the usual three letter study gives a word for a small quantity (which, if not in a crossword, should have an appropriately placed cedilla accent).
12a In essence, miller’s conclusion it’s what he needs (5)
A four letter synonym for in essence, or the essentials of a situation, containing the last letter (conclusion) of milleR.
15a Players stupidly sent a singularly useless instrument? (9)
A group of players in the theatre followed by an anagram (stupidly) of SENT A gives a musical device frequently used by flamenco dancers (that, apparently, Virgilius has a low regard for).
22a Bishop, for instance, protecting one left in site of Italian cathedral (5)
One for Rabbit Dave – one of the terms for a game piece containing the single letters for one and left gives an Italian cathedral city.
26a Craft of forceful diplomacy (7)
A small armed vessel which was often deployed during periods of international tension/negotiations. (I changed the underlining in the clue several times!)
28a Author mostly told story with no end of flair (7)
A Russian author made up of told without its last letter (mostly) followed by story without the R (with no end of flair).
1d My admission of being dated produces standoff (7)
The concatenation of how one might say that one is out of date.
2d Tender pair, shortly before proposal (7)
The two letter abbreviation for pair (shortly) followed by a synonym for proposal or suggestion.
4d Friar from Caribbean island (9)
A religious order which can also indicate an inhabitant of one of the Windward Islands (not the Republic which is part of an island with a different name).
6d Awfully rough girl’s timer with tiny moving parts (9)
Anagram (awfully) of ROUGH and one of the usual synonyms for girl gives an old fashioned timer which had to be turned over when the ‘tiny moving parts’ had run from top to bottom.
16d Bit of incidental information is turned over with pleasure (9)
IS from the clue inverted (turned over) and a synonym for pleasure gives information or an illustration.
18d Intimate letters from Rome redistributed in city further south (7)
A synonym for intimate as a noun followed by an anagram (redistributed) of ROME gives a southern Italian city (not on the mainland).
21d Important judge hiding old intolerant attitudes (7)
A three letter (slang?) synonym for important, and a three letter synonym for judge with a single letter for old between them.
24d Preserve a lake as waterway (5)
A three letter synonym for preserve (in reference to fruit and veg), the A from the clue, and a single letter for lake is where one might find narrow boats.
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Today’s musical moment was ‘prompted’ by a billboard I saw, during my recent travels, for Peter Noone and Herman’s Hermits appearing at a casino in Delaware. Here they are from a ‘few’ years ago.