Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2909 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we have been having a mixture of summer sunshine and storms/heavy showers.
Another very enjoyable puzzle, but probably the trickiest Virgilius puzzle for quite a while – the usual handful of anagrams (including two partials), one lurker, and three homophones (including one partial). As there were only 28 clues today, I decided to complete the whole puzzle instead of just what I needed to do to provide the hints.
My favourite – 13d.
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 In particular, pieces rewritten by friend (10)
An easy partial anagram to start (rewritten) of PIECES followed by a synonym of friend.
9a Like serious people, learn best when beginners are absent (7)
The combination of the fourth and fifth words of the clue with their initial letters removed (when beginners are absent).
10a Shielded old-fashioned fellow, visibly embarrassed (7)
A type of old-fashioned fellow followed by the colour of one’s face when embarrassed.
14a Solvent, with nothing put into a place to live (6)
A from the clue and a type of place to live containing (with . . . put into) the single letter for nothing gives financial security.
19a Facility for religious group that’s on head’s side (6)
A single word for each side of the head.
22a Beautiful opening shot showing religious event (6,7)
A synonym for beautiful and the start of any court based game.
26a Cause of current disturbance in troubled dynasty (4)
The only lurker (in) in the last two words of the clue.
27a Variety shows stars met on, curiously (10)
An anagram (shows . . . curiously) of STARS MET ON.
1d Briefly, I had heard and seen (4)
A homophone (heard) of an abbreviated (briefly) form of I had.
3d Instructing boys and girls, commander wrongly cautioned a learner (13)
A two letter abbreviation for commander, an anagram (wrongly) of CAUTIONED, A from the clue, and the single letter for learner to finish.
5d Severely scold after delicate fabric is cut roughly (8)
A type of delicate fabric followed by a synonym for (severely) scold (which is in Chambers Big and Little).
11d Pence for example invested, price changing (4-9)
Nothing to do with coinage – an anagram (changing) of INVESTED PRICE gives the position of someone who is number two in a hierarchy.
13d Hurtful old kind of message that creates barrier (6,4)
A synonym for hurtful (when applied to a comment, for example) and an informal type of message that pre-dates faxes and e-mails.
16d Full of anxiety turning up for final courses (8)
A single word for full of anxiety reversed (turning up).
20d Said you must be in danger with drug, lacking maturity (7)
Single letter homophone (said) of you contained by (must be in) a synonym for danger and the single letter for a recreational pharmaceutical.
23d Short note from young woman (4)
A double definition, the second is a somewhat derogatory term for a young woman or girl.
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I have been thinking about posting this relaxing 1968 classic from Fleetwood Mac for some time (it may help to calm the nerves of those watching the fourth round of The Open today, maybe I should have posted it last Sunday for the last day of you know what):