Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2905 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg; apparently summer is here, but, so far, it has been wet and windy, and somewhat on the cool side.
Another very enjoyable puzzle, with Virgilius back in a benevolent frame of mind, which I tackled with my usual diligence – the usual handful of anagrams (including a pair of partials), a lurker, a homophone (both not in the hints), a double definition, and a few oldies but goodies/recent repeats.
My favourites – 11a, 15a, 23a, and 24d (as the blogger I’m allowed multiple selections, at least I think I am).
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 Digs without good spade, say, in shed (7)
Digs from the clue with the first letter of Good removed (without), and what a spade is when it is with fifty-one others.
9a Large number or small number in poor shape I’m turning over (7)
Two letter abbreviation (small) for number, a three letter synonym for in poor shape (in health terms), and I’M from the clue, without the ‘, all reversed (turning over).
11a Protection for canines, for example, that’s used by boxer (9)
Oral protection for pugilists and others.
15a The point of this fastener isn’t discernible when it’s used (6,3)
A device used to fasten items that, for example, used to be used by mothers (but I don’t think they do any more).
17a China going after evil activity involving rackets in court (9)
A synonym for evil followed by (after) a brand of products from Staffs.
23a Clearly admitting one with forbearance (9)
A synonym for clearly (often used with obvious) containing (admitting) the single letter for one.
25a Great actor the writer cast in more demanding musical role? (7)
A musical play first performed in the 1960s about a demanding young person containing (cast in) the single letter for the writer.
28a Crime, it’s clear, ruined US city (7)
Anagram of CLEAR (ruined) and two letters for an east coast US city – ‘it’s’ in the clue sort of identifies the anagram material but appears to be mostly there for the surface.
1d Injured, angry, upset, old (7)
A three letter synonym for angry reversed (upset) and a synonym for old.
2d Unaccompanied maiden performing for wise ruler (7)
A synonym for unaccompanied, the single letter for maiden (especially in cricket), and the two letter synonym for performing.
4d Resident perturbed about new service for eaters (6,3)
Anagram (perturbed) of RESIDENT containing (about) the single letter for new.
6d Mutual upset about Dickensian child making final demand (9)
Anagram (upset) of MUTUAL containing (about) a tiny Dickensian character.
8d What answers like this do, poorly (3-4)
A double definition, the second may be used when a person is unwell.
17d Benefit with everyone aboard light aircraft? (7)
A synonym for a benefit containing (with . . . aboard) a synonym for everyone – don’t forget the ‘?’ at the end of the clue.
21d Reward for author‘s allegiance, having changed sides initially (7)
A synonym for allegiance with the initial letter changed from one side to the other.
24d European educational foundation concealing old mistake (5)
The single letter for European, the single letter that is repeated three times for the foundation of education containing (concealing) the single letter for old.
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50 years ago, in the middle of a 6 week ‘run’ at Number 1 in the charts. Hands up all those who were ‘pop pickers’ with Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman on a Sunday afternoon: