Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2910 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where I have a busy couple of weeks coming up. I am taking time off from ‘everything else’ (except crosswords, eating, and drinking) to volunteer at the Canada Summer Games which the city is hosting. An inter-provincial/territory multi-sport event held every four years (with Winter Games in between just like the Olympics) which is for ‘strictly’ amateur athletes, so it is an opportunity for potential ‘next’ Olympians to demonstrate their abilities.
Another very enjoyable Virgilius puzzle, less tricky than recently, but I don’t think that he has returned to benevolence – the usual handful of anagrams and one lurker. Having completed the whole puzzle last week, I forgot that I really only need to complete half of the puzzle for hinting and completed the whole puzzle again this week – this might be habit forming.
My favourite – 8d.
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 Noon temperature fifty-five, in short (6)
An easy charade to start – the single letter for temperature and the Roman numerals for fifty-five contained by (in) a (Scottish) synonym for short.
4a In dunce’s cap, is maybe avoiding reality (8)
The single lurker (in) found in the second to fourth words of the clue.
12a Aspiring actress delivering line with energy in debut (7)
A synonym for debut containing (delivering . . . in) the single letters for line and energy.
14a Staff at home for French master (5)
A synonym for a staff and the usual two letter word for at home gives the creator of my current avatar.
15a Name honour, and record recipient of big one (8)
The single letter for name, a British honour, and a synonym for record gives a recipient of an award for academic, cultural or scientific achievement – and I did not even think of illustrating this with MP’s favourite.
23a Coming first in race, getting inside an opponent (7)
Alternative words (1,4) for an opponent containing (getting inside) the first letter of Race.
27a Motivation I have, following popular change in US (9)
The abbreviated form of I have after (following) a synonym for popular and a US coin.
28a Something psychoanalyst might try to do for close friend (5,3)
A double definition (I think).
29a What could make us run in battle? (6)
The usual cricketing abbreviation inside (in) a synonym for battle.
1d Piece of mural art records attempt (8)
Synonyms for records and attempt.
5d Half-hearted meal, a roll before trip — that’s more than enough (14)
A six letter evening meal with one of its middle letters removed, A from the clue, a type of (bread) roll, and a type of trip (around the **** floor).
7d Disrespectful mischief-maker promises to settle scores (7)
The usual mischief-maker and a type of promissory notes.
8d Very little said otherwise for short time (6)
A double definition – the same word pronounced two different ways (said otherwise).
9d What may be done with tea and cookies that reveals a lot? (7-7)
Tea and a particular type of cookie can be used for predictions.
17d Mainly do well covering court scene (8)
A single word for do well without its last letter (mainly) followed by (covering) the abbreviation for court.
22d Has raised Bedouin, say, mostly in desert (6)
HAS from the clue reversed (raised) and a synonym for Bedouin with the last letter removed (mostly).
24d One of those trying to provide seat for person standing (5)
A person who indicates a selection with an ‘X’.
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The Shadows having some fun, in their own way, with Time Is Tight, the Booker T and the MG’s’ hit from 1968 (yes, the number of apostrophes is ‘correct’ – there is one in the name of the group, but, pedantically, it probably should not be there):