Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2891 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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Good Sunday morning from Winnipeg.
Once again, lots of good, and some not so good, rugby yesterday, although the results may not be liked by everyone, especially the bizarre finish to the game in Paris.
Virgilius, in what appears to me to be a benign mood, has provided us with another very typical and very enjoyable Sunday puzzle,
My favourite is 26a.
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:
8a Taking everything into account, nothing more to say? (3,4)
A double definition (I think), the second one describes when, for example, a story is finished.
11a Clever and popular mastermind embracing love (9)
The usual two letters for popular, and a type of mastermind containing the numeral for love in tennis.
12a Delivered wood ahead of time (5)
A soft wood when it has been prepared for the work bench and the single letter for time.
14a Book format the writer partly selected (7)
A book of the NT that is lurking (partly selected) in the third to fifth words of the clue.
17a Country staged it badly for supplier of home-made products (7,8)
A nice 15 letter anagram (badly) of COUNTRY STAGED IT gives a home based business.
19a Protester runs after small child’s vehicle (7)
The cricketing abbreviation for what is scored follows both the single letter for small and the short form of a child’s three wheeled ‘vehicle.’
26a Present as means to make novel acquisition, say (4,5)
A gift that the receiver uses (or used to use?), in place of cash or plastic, in a bookshop.
28a Man committed to union securing new funding (7)
The male half of a betrothed couple containing (securing) the single letter for new.
1d River so long pilots use these to communicate (6)
The single letter for river followed by the Spanish word for farewell, synonym of so long.
3d Healthy dog that wasn’t attached to early movies (10)
A ‘noisy’ synonym for healthy and a synonym for dog in the sense of trailing someone gives what was not along side the pictures on early celluloid.
7d Unfortunate sailor’s reason for having no play? (8)
Double definition, the first might be on a desert island.
15d Move weight, creating criterion (10)
A synonym for move (in an emotional way perhaps) and a unit of imperial weight.
17d Get ready for pool in fine woollen garment (8)
Convert a cheque followed by a (small) lake gives the wool, and the garment, made from the hair of a goat.
20d Feel aggrieved about being put in post again (6))
Double definition, the second is having put an item back in the mail.
23d Perform with female fellow or don? Just the opposite (4)
A two letter word for perform and the single letters for female and fellow gives the action of raising headgear when greeting someone.
25d China much misrepresented (4)
Anagram (misrepresented) of MUCH gives a synonym for china plate (rhyming slang).
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‘You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time’ – so said John Lydgate, according to Google results, a monk and poet from Suffolk, who predated Abraham Lincoln, who also said it or something similar, by approximately 400 years. So, here is today’s musical offering, no prizes for guessing one of those who will be pleased:
And, to honour the passing of Chuck Berry yesterday: