Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2907 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where summer has finally and most definitely arrived, and I have been enjoying volunteering at a professional golf tournament for four days starting on Thursday. One of the mantras of the professional golf organisation in Canada and the USA is ‘giving back.’ One aspect of this is that every tournament raises money for worthy causes and the money raised ‘stays’ in the locale where the tournament is played rather than ‘disappearing’ into a big pot. So, I am more than happy to give my time to support an event like this.
Another very enjoyable puzzle, with Virgilius back to being somewhat tricky after a couple of weeks of benevolence – the usual handful of anagrams (including one partial), one lurker, but no homophones.
My favourites – 14a and 17a – any 15 letter non-anagram will always get my vote.
Because of my involvement in said golf tournament and as I have quite an early start, I will not be able to provide too many follow-up comments or additional hints – hopefully some of the others will fill in for me.
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 Firm falsified data about worker (7)
An adjective resulting from an anagram (falsified) of DATA containing (about) a two legged worker.
11a Punishment for people taking steps to maintain revolution (9)
A Victorian hard labour punishment – some might consider the modern equipment with the same name is also punishment.
14a It may go under schooner or cargo vessel (7)
Double definition, the first is a small table mat that goes under a drinking vessel.
17a Kind of paint people match — that’s how artists are supposed to behave (15)
A type of paint which has egg yolks as an ‘ingredient,’ a three letter synonym for people, and a synonym for match – but some artists may not agree that is how they behave.
19a One bird or another on coin (7)
A favourite diving bird after (on) a three letter term for a coin gives a member of the heron family.
26a Pudding put in front of author? That’s not wise (9)
A pudding typically made from the soft fruit Kath has been picking recently before (in front of) an author (and poet) from Dorset.
28a Area in which teacher is ill-prepared (7)
Anagram (ill-prepared) of TEACHER is approximately 2.47 acres.
1d Maiden is trapping one insect or another (6)
The single letter for maiden and IS from the clue containing (trapping) an insect gives another insect.
3d Sympathetic comment from firm north of Leicester, perhaps (4,6)
A synonym of firm (as an adjective) before (north of) a dairy product that Leicester is a type of – I not so sure that this is a sympathetic comment.
4d Crowded around antique that’s inverted to be securely fastened (9)
A synonym for crowded containing (around) a three letter synonym for antique reversed (that’s inverted).
7d Still upset about a role for US political group (3,5)
An adverbial synonym for still, reversed (upset), containing (about) A from the clue and a synonym for role.
15d Dessert wine that’s not so earthshaking (10)
A familiar term for dessert and a type of (German) wine.
18d African left from part of Western Europe (8)
The single letter for left and a European peninsula that includes a British Overseas Territory (not pommers’ abode).
22d Deal with dampness in study for old poet (6)
The first Poet Laureate which as (3,3) is what one would do to a damp study.
25d Something outstanding one doesn’t want to be in? (4)
A (sort of) double definition, the first is an account that has not been settled.
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Number one in the hit parade sixty years and one week ago: