Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2908 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +
A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where summer continues with temperatures in the middle/high 20s, and into the low 30s after adding on the effect of humidity. Unfortunately, the wild fire situation in the British Columbia ‘interior’ is not improving as weather conditions are such that they (gusting winds and low humidity) are ‘assisting’ the fires.
Good to hear that our ‘Springsteen’ came out of his medical appointment yesterday with some good answers (except for the wait time).
I am beginning to wonder if Lady Jane is ever going to return from her matriarchal duties on the IoW.
Another very enjoyable puzzle, with Virgilius tending towards benevolence, but not quite – the usual handful of anagrams (including three partials), one lurker, but no homophones. Some clues contain or end with ‘?’ – the ‘?’ should not be ignored.
My favourite – 4a
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 Company support for office machine (6)
The usual two-letter abbreviation for company and a type of support.
4a Secure with cable and pull back, producing mess on warship (8)
To secure a water-borne vessel and a synonym for pull all reversed (back) gives an area of a warship that used to have a dual purpose.
10a Part of stable with one working horse (8)
A compartment in a stable, the single letter for one, and the two letter word for working.
13a All-round sporting achievement for an American poet of old (5)
A somewhat informal term for a hit that allows a player in US men’s ’rounders’ to score without stopping.
14a Prepare to watch circus, including bizarre main show (13)
To go into the ‘structure’ where a circus might be presented containing (including) an anagram (bizarre) of MAIN.
21a Critical article covering North African country (5)
A three letter synonym for critical and an indefinite article containing (covering) the single letter for North.
26a Taunt taken to heart by French father with English lineage (8)
The French for father and the single letter for English containing (taken to heart by) a three letter type of taunt.
27a Publicity material is about to create stir (6)
Two letters that can be used for publicity material, IS from the clue, and a two letter word for about to create.
1d Runs into kind of driver liable to have road rage? (6)
The single letter for runs (as in cricket) inserted into a driver who plies for hire.
3d Going without info that’s urgent (7)
A synonym for going (leaving) containing (without) a three letter synonym for info.
8d Popular newcomer turned up within my smaller group (8)
MY from the clue containing (within) the two letter synonym for popular and a term for a newcomer (novice) reversed.
15d For instance, repeatedly ringing king with evidence of debts — shocking (9)
The two letter abbreviation of a Latin term, that can mean for instance, repeated and containing (ringing) the single letter abbreviation of the Latin for king, followed by the four letter term for debts.
16d Asian vessel’s short journey — it carries second-hand stuff (4,4)
An Asian vessel, complete with the possessive S, and a familiar term for a short journey.
19d Part in Chekhov — is it originally for one in company? (7)
The lurker (part in) contained in the third to sixth words of the clue.
20d Spread the rumour, initially, in all directions (6)
The initial letters of The Rumour from the clue inserted in the cardinal points of the compass – I will leave it to you to work out the arrangement of said cardinal points.
22d Cautiously proceeded to signal agreement about state’s borders (5)
A movement of the head containing (about) the first and last letters (borders) of StatE.
As this is a Prize crossword, please don’t put any ANSWERS, whether WHOLE, PARTIAL or INCORRECT, or any ALTERNATIVE CLUES in your comment.
Please read these instructions carefully – they are not subject to debate or discussion. Offending comments may be redacted or, in extreme cases, deleted. In all cases the administrator’s decision is final.
Following on from last Sunday’s musical selection, from a documentary programme (probably shown on ITV) made in 1992, part of a discussion on The Trouble with the Fifties followed by a collaborative finale performance by musicians from that era and on:
A slightly longer extract from the programme, which includes the above, can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVLu11M8-DE