Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2912 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – only the Women’s Softball Final and the Closing Ceremony (and (most importantly) the volunteers’ appreciation party) of a very successful Summer Games to go.
Another very enjoyable Virgilius puzzle, only 27 clues. I thought Virgilius had returned to benevolence but, in the end, I decided that he was still on the slightly tricky side – the usual handful of anagrams (including partials), a lurker, and a partial homophone. Apologies in advance for any faux pas in the hints, I started the solving and hinting process a little over four hours later than usual and when I should have been safely in the arms of Morpheus.
My favourite – 9d – not difficult enough to merit a hint.
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 Really messy place containing litter, perhaps (6)
Where the litter of a farm animal might be found could also be a term used (occasionally?) to describe our children’s bedrooms?
8a Warning about stray shot by chief that’s positioned between temples (8)
What a player in a sport calls out when his or her ball is not going straight and a synonym for chief (of an organization).
10a Expression of disapproval that’s heard after bad service? (6)
A call that can be uttered loudly by an official in the sport played by a current Knight of the Realm.
12a Person observing tree with it, in strange sense (10)
A tree (the wood of which was used for making bows) and IT from the clue contained by (in) an anagram (strange) of SENSE.
16a Natural way to treat someone in a foreign capital, with party he arranged (12)
A from the clue, a foreign capital (in its own language’s spelling), and an anagram (arranged) of PARTY HE.
21a Man on board that’s central to network, in general (4)
The lurker (that’s central to), which is the middle letters of the last three words of the clue gives a playing piece (in one of RD’s favourite games).
23a Force merger of two kinds of transport (8)
A single word synonym for force formed by the concatenation of two forms of transport.
25a Large group inserting a line for news announcer (6)
A term for a large group (of animals) containing (inserting) A from the clue and the single letter for line gives a news announcer in days of yore or a UK newspaper that ceased publication in 1964.
1d Quality expert forward added to rugby, finally (8)
A three letter abbreviated form of an expert, a synonym for forward, and the last letter (finally) of rugbY.
3d Legendary Greek hero in academic writings around university (7)
Documents that post-graduate students have to submit containing (around) the single letter for university. This individual was/is famous for slaying the minotaur.
6d Turned up without performing piece of mine (9)
A synonym for turned reversed (up) containing (without) a two letter synonym for performing gives part of a mine (of the exploding type).
14d Not picked up in foreign car, be left inside (9)
IN from the clue, a foreign (German) car, BE from the clue, and the single letter for left.
15d Paris and, possibly, Madrid is where one’s capital is (8)
An anagram (possibly) of PARIS AND gives a native of the country of which Madrid is the capital.
19d Racing vehicle in middle of night with adequate skill (2-4)
The middle letter of niGht, two letters for adequate, and a synonym for skill.
21d Awful mark, then good one — that’s fate (5)
An anagram (awful) of MARK followed by one of the indefinite articles – I went to sleep scratching my head as to why good was in the clue.
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With the start of the new ’round ball’ season this weekend, here is Bill Bailey (on The One Show) having some fun with the Match of the Day theme (and the Ski Sunday theme) – and, unless Anglesey has declared independence from the rest of the UK, this should be viewable by all: