Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2903 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we have had some very welcome rain in the last couple of days.
Another very enjoyable puzzle with Virgilius in a more benevolent frame of mind compared to the last couple of Sundays. The usual handful of anagrams (including one partial), couple of lurkers, and homophone. Completed unassisted apart from that from the Chambers organization; but, to ensure the hints are error free, I enlisted the support of the results of the efforts of those fine folks in Dalwhinnie (16 year, double matured Distillers Edition).
I might not be able to participate much in responding to comments as I have a ‘hot date’ with my (6 year old) grand-daughter; we are going to Winnipeg Zoo!
My favourite is 12a.
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:
7a First and foremost, partly represent (5,3)
The first lurker (partly) found in the first three words of the clue.
10a Many people in the wrong — we backed out (6)
A single word for many people found by removing (out) the reversal (backed) of we from the fourth and fifth words of clue
12a Support behind club, non-executive director? (4-4,6)
A personal support in a rearmost location and a golf club give someone who might criticise one’s particular abilities.
15a Pain recurring in stomach each evening (4)
The second lurker and it is ‘doubled’ (recurring in) found in the last three words of the clue.
19a Instrument that’s plucked or one that’s blown, not loudly at first (4)
A woodwind instrument that has the first letter, which is the single letter for musically loud, removed.
23a Hard book — after all, that’s an indication of quality (8)
The single letter for hard and ALL from the clue followed by (after) one of the first four NT books.
27a American city less British, in short? The reverse (6)
Combine a synonymic phrase (3,2) for less (than) and the single letter (in short) for British and then reverse it – OK, it’s also a British town, as are many American cities, but it needs to be this way for a smooth surface.
28a Ability to figure menu out, not lacking spice (8)
Anagram (out) of MENU and a single word for not lacking spice (risqué).
1d Leaders of unions treat apprentices harshly in Western state (4)
The initial letters (leaders of) the third to sixth words of the clue.
2d Open University joined by new rugby forward (6)
The single letters for university and new followed by a member of the second row of a scrum – lots of detail to help Kath and any one else who needs it.
5d Classical quartet in sensual festive occasion (8)
A synonym for sensual containing (in) the Roman numeral for four (classical quartet).
6d Resorting to change around West Berlin, for example (10)
Anagram (to change) of RESORTING containing (around) the single letter for west is the occupation of the individual responsible for White Christmas.
8d First gear (3,4)
The item of clothing claimed to have been worn by the first couple.
16d Aspect of fairness, English characteristic (8)
The single letter for English and a synonym for characteristic.
18d Mausoleum site shown in indistinct drawing (7)
A three letter synonym (frequently used by Kath) for indistinct containing (shown in) the location of a famous mausoleum.
22d Change route of flier on time (6)
A type of, rather than a particular, bird and the single letter for time.
26d Want to take it easy when head’s away (4)
A single word for take it easy with the first letter removed (when head’s away).
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Mick Jagger still going, at the O2 Arena November 2012: