Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2911 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg.
Another very enjoyable Virgilius puzzle, still on the slightly tricky side – the usual handful of anagrams, a couple of lurkers, and a homophone. How many clues did I solve this week? I have no idea. After my first busy week at the Canada Summer Games, I just solved and hinted until I fell asleep.
My favourite – 12a.
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:
7a Killer since caught in dope offence (8)
A two letter synonym for since contained by (caught in) synonyms of dope (as in fool) and offence (of the seven deadly variety).
10a Editing letter that contains this slightly shocking sensation (6)
One of the lurkers (that contains this) found in the first two words of the clue.
11a Buckle isn’t what belligerent Indian wore (8)
A synonym for buckle and an informal form of isn’t.
12a Undistinguished pair who share an annual celebration (9,5)
The human ‘result’ of a ‘double yolker.’
17a Rod teachers employed in school (5)
Double definition, the second is a collective noun.
23a Follows target in alley in greatly agitated state (8)
One of our favourite synonyms for follows and what is knocked over in a type of alley.
25a For example, fly within breakaway formation (6)
A two letter synonym for within and a group of followers.
28a Spanish dance ends off fiesta with new energy (8)
The first and last letters (ends off) of FiestA, linked by a common conjunction, with the single letter for new, and a two letter word for energy.
1d Wine that in test is tastiest (4)
The other lurker (that in test is) found in the last word of the clue.
3d A quartet playing without one again (4)
A from the clue and the quartet who play a card game less one member (without one).
5d Musician in band with a string that’s broken (8)
The single letter that might represent a band followed by an anagram (that’s broken) of A STRING.
6d Section of stadium — work to prepare ground comes to complete halt (10)
Single words for a section of a stadium and work to prepare ground (for sowing crops).
16d Offering fishing south of Land’s End (8)
Another word for fishing after (south of) the last letter (End) of LanD.
21d Elected politician in nearby country or group of countries (6)
A politician (who sits in Strasbourg) who might come from a country close to the UK represented by three letters.
24d Unfashionable female admirer upset (4)
The single letter for female and a synonym for admirer all reversed (upset).
26d Most of KGB, reportedly, is secretive (4)
And, we finish with the homophone (reportedly) of the pronunciation of two letters (most of) of KGB.
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After last week’s video ‘mishap’ – Booker T Jones, and some others, at Daryl Hall’s house playing Green Onions (and I am reliably informed that it can be viewed in the UK – well at least in Anglesey):
A Sunday riddle – what do you call a drummer who doesn’t have a girl friend? Answer: Homeless!