Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2915 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg on ‘the day that war broke out’ 78 years ago.
After Mister Ron’s Toughie yesterday, Virgilius has returned to benevolence while still giving us another very enjoyable puzzle, the usual handful of anagrams, including two partials, and two lurkers.
My joint favourites – 5d and 16d.
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:
8a One thing we hear about time that’s surprise (7)
Single letter synonym for one and what we hear containing (about) the single letter for time.
11a Problem for readers, I agree, in English school (9)
The three letter word that indicates agreement contained by (in) the single letter for English and a synonym for school (as a verb).
12a Climber in Australian Alps (5)
The first lurker (in) found in the last two words of the clue – the other lurker is 18d.
17a Queen who made herself unpopular, namely in dreadful rant at one time (5,10)
A two letter abbreviation of a Latin phrase that can mean namely contained by (in) an anagram (dreadful) of RANT AT ONE TIME.
19a I had turned over poems of various kinds (7)
The contraction of I had reversed (turned over) and a collective term for poems.
24a Big game found, if not actually lions initially (5)
Nothing to do with safaris, a sporting big game from the initial letters of the third to seventh words of the clue.
28a Lady, perhaps, showing journalists around borders of estate (7)
A term for journalists containing (showing . . . around) the first and last letters (borders) of EstatE.
1d Clear area in quiet part of camp (6)
The single letter for area contained by (in) the musical letter for quiet and a ‘structure’ that is part of a camp – BRB and LRB verified.
3d A truce I arranged, including individual who has lots to offer? (10)
Anagram (arranged) of A TRUCE I containing (including) a three letter term for individual – in this case the ? appears to be ‘genuine’.
5d Fit for second or last part in Shakespeare play (4)
The second and last words in the title of a Shakespeare play give a synonym of fit (medically).
9d Give everyone a hand in agreement (4)
Double definition, the first is an action as a prelude to a game.
16d Sabotage how James Bond worked in East (9)
The relationship of 007 to his boss, IN from the clue, and the single letter for East.
17d Medic declined to cover condition that’s changed (8))
A two letter abbreviation for a medic (although this may cause some comments) and a term for declined (terminally?) containing (to cover) a two letter synonym for condition.
22d Like Hawaii as state, or Louisiana, on trial (6)
Double definition, the second is the two letter abbreviation for Louisiana and a synonym for trial which defines Hawaii’s ‘position’ as a state.
25d Placed face up (4)
A (slang) synonym for face reversed (up).
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