Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2914 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg; a flying visit to San Antonio, Texas this week, with thankfully trouble-free travel and decent weather. I feel sorry for those feeling the wrath of Hurricane Harvey this weekend, but happy that I am not still there.
Sunday quiz – photographed in Winnipeg last month, what is special about this car? Anyone who can tell me will get a drink on me on January 27, 2018; you will have to be in attendance to claim the prize.
Another very enjoyable Virgilius puzzle, less tricky than in recent weeks, the usual handful of anagrams including three partials and one lurker. Nothing controversial this week (that I could see) but I think 1 Across might draw some comments.
My joint favourites – 27a and 4d.
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 It may be used to escape hazard from food that’s fried at high temperature (4,4)
A sporting clue to start – as (5,3) what goes with fish at a high temperature rewritten as (4,4).
9a Journalists king admitted to a current party activity (5-3)
A from the clue and the single letter used for (electric) current containing a term for journalists and a single letter for king (as in that board game).
13a Don’t object so much, stupid (8)
A two word synonymic phrase for don’t object so much combined into a single word.
16a Person losing heart as lowly farm worker (4)
The two letter heart removed from person.
18a Darned partners embracing opponents (4)
Two of the partners in a card game containing (embracing) their opponents.
23a Novel in Welsh containing good sign for most British ladies (12)
An anagram (novel) of IN WELSH containing the single letter for Good followed by a synonym for sign (portent).
27a Organiser of services in one of them (8)
A military reverend.
28a Lord who memorialised men in charge in 1854 (8)
A poet who wrote about a military disaster.
2d Measure of persistent radioactivity in lithium or iron? (4-4)
A liquid measure (as served in a pub) and the chemical symbols for lithium and iron.
4d Bird circles in two places in anticipation (6)
A synonym for anticipation containing (in two places) letters that look like circles (for a bird not found in the UK).
6d For example, Marx family members as comrades (8)
The second part of the name of a comedic family.
7d Starts from airport somewhere in Africa, lands in East (4)
The initial letters (starts from) of the third to sixth words of the clue.
12d Like some races in angry state (5-7)
Synonyms for angry and (a) state, joined by a hyphen give some races.
17d Something old king passed, making salad (8)
A nursery rhyme king, with a possessive s, and what he might have given assent to.
19d Decisive defeat, later reviewed in court (8)
A three letter synonym for court containing (in) an anagram (reviewed) of later was the beginning of the end for this chap.
25d Succinct refusal as customary behavior (4)
An (archaic) synonym for customary behavior created by a contraction of a two word refusal (that, if spoken by a child, might be accompanied by stamping of feet).
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From 1967, not necessarily one of the best Bond films, but the best Bond, one of the best theme songs, and Little Nellie (I had the privilege of meeting her creator and pilot – Wing Commander Ken Wallis – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Wallis):