Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2901 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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Good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where Mother Nature is still being very kind to us – and a very Happy Birthday to Mary.
Another very enjoyable, but perhaps not so typical, Sunday offering that is probably the trickiest Virgilius puzzle that I have had to solve and blog since I took over the Sunday spot from BD back in February, with a handful of anagrams (including partials), a couple of lurkers, and what I thought was a slightly odd homophone element to one of the answers.
My favourite is 22a.
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 Consider making first pair of denims free (10)
The first two letters of DEnims (making first pair of) and a synonym for free (from confinement?).
2a High priest? (4)
A priest who comes from a mountainous country.
10a Like you said, sheltered by sailor in storm (7)
Two letter synonym for like, a four letter synonym for sailor containing (sheltered by) a single letter homophone (said) of you.
12a Created impressions for digital records (13)
Created records for use in identification.
15a In state of exhaustion catnap won’t relieve? (3-5)
A term for exhausted in which the first word is another favourite pet.
22a Products of a fertile imagination? (13)
Original thoughts or works that might be ‘cherished.’
25a Cancel a golfer’s last round (7)
Synonym for cancel, A from the clue, and the last letter of golfeR – nothing to do with the game of golf.
27a Outline of plan showing opportunities for success outside university (10)
A single word for opportunities for success containing (outside) the single letter for university.
1d Work out information (4)
As (2,2), a synonymic phrase for work out.
3d Former PM so inept I revised good marks (7,6)
The last Labour PM followed by an anagram (revised) of SO INEPT I give ‘informal’ good marks – I did have a thought that ‘so inept’ was a description of said PM.
7d Neighbouring landowner is a bishop, say (7)
A from the clue, a single letter for bishop (commonly used in chess), and a synonym for say.
8d Unassisted learner in American car was doing something (10)
A (shortened) synonym, mostly used by Americans, for car and a two word synonymic phrase for was doing something (performing).
13d Honest sailor, with love, over bad upset (5,5)
The favourite two letters for sailor, the single letter for love as a tennis score, and an anagram (upset) of OVER BAD.
16d Person wavering gets it at this point, interrupting doctor (8)
One of the two letter abbreviations for doctor containing (interrupting) IT from the clue and a single word for at this point.
20d Piece of hair enclosed in covering letter (7)
One of the lurkers, the other is 4d, (enclosed in) in the last two words of the clue.
23d Inspiration for love in bedrooms — nothing odd there (4)
A Greek god using (in) the even-numbered (nothing odd there) letters of bedrooms.
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After the horrific event in Manchester on Monday evening, I thought long and hard about a selection for this week and took some advice, both temporal and spiritual: