Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2902 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we are enjoying temperatures in the high 20s (above the seasonal average of low 20s) but windy with gusts around 30 mph, we even had a record breaking 34 degrees on Friday.
Another very enjoyable, and, like last Sunday, a quite tricky offering from Virgilius, with a handful of anagrams (including one partial), a couple of lurkers, and a ‘clever’ homophone.
My favourite is 9d, but it was almost beaten by 29a.
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 Fleet holding one ringleader for crime at sea (6)
The single letter for one, and the first letter (leader) of Ring inside (holding) a synonym for fleet (of foot).
4a One seeking satisfaction with second helping (8)
A participant in an event to settle a dispute, with at least one supporter.
11a Constant speed in rickety aircraft (5)
The single letter for the speed of light (constant) and a synonym for speed.
14a Exchange rate, partly, as subject for management course? (5)
One of the lurkers, the other is 7d, (partly) could be a subject for a particular type of course.
15a Catch fish, including first of salmon, as early bird (8)
A single word for catch fish containing (including) the first letter of Salmon followed by a fairly frequent crossword fish.
20a How American in the ranks operates gadget (5)
A two letter abbreviation for a Latin phrase for how to operate belongs to and follows the usual American soldier (with a possessive S).
23a Piano introducing new theme initially in piece of music (7)
A synonym for what piano stands for in pianoforte containing (introducing) the first letters (initially) of the third and fourth words of the clue.
27a Set aside each religious book penned by cardinal (9)
The two letter abbreviation for each and the colour of which cardinal is a variety containing (penned by) one of the first four NT books.
29a Singer vocalised second lowest note for us (6)
Homophone (vocalized) of a singer which is an informal term for the second lowest (in value) British bank note.
1d Conceited person‘s report covered by flier (8)
A three letter synonym for report (as a sound), a two letter word for covered by, and a bird.
2d Right conclusion producing tears (7)
The single letter for right and a synonym for conclusion.
5d Plant holding up broken units as not good enough (14)
Anagram of UNITS AS followed by (holding up) a synonym for a plant (industrial).
8d Make an effort, securing objective with it (6)
A single word for make an effort containing (securing) a synonym for objective.
9d Restrain doctor attending flier — that may be required by air traffic control (7,7)
A two word synonymic phrase for restrain, a two letter type of doctor, a two letter synonym for attending, and a favourite crossword bird – Phew!
17d Killer charged in Spain (8)
One of the participants in one of Spain’s ‘favourite’ entertainments.
21d Flag need in some quarters (7)
A synonym for need inside three cardinal points of the compass.
24d Tribute directed towards John, Paul, or George, say (5)
Two word synonymic phrase (2,1) for directed towards and the two letter abbreviation for a person, who is not one of the ‘fab four,’ listed in the clue.
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A week or so late, but 50 years on from the release of Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – Ringo (a little bit out of tune; so, in need of help from his friends):