Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2916 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – signs of autumn this week, two mornings where we started off in low single digit temperatures; but, today, we have a forecast high of 30 degrees so it is all rather confusing.
Virgilius has returned to being somewhat tricky while giving us another very enjoyable puzzle, the usual handful of anagrams, including partials, and two lurkers.
My co-favourites – 10a, 16a, and 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 Pressure surrounding midsummer trade (8)
A synonym for pressure (when persuading someone to do something) containing (surrounding) the middle letters of suMMer.
10a Fish that gets played? Doesn’t sound like it (4)
A musical instrument that when pronounced differently becomes a fish, or should that be the other way round?
13a Creative skill is put into middle section of smarter essay (8)
IS from the clue inserted between (put into) the middle letters of smARTer and a synonym for essay.
16a E.g. Keats, Milton, or Pope, often (4)
The first name of the two poets in the clue which is also the ‘adopted’ name of a large number (often) of Popes.
17a Leaders deserting the navy — that’s hard to bear (5)
Delete (leaders deserting) the first letters of the third and fourth words in the clue and combine what’s left.
21a Capital husband invested in modern food store (3,5)
A capital city formed from a synonym for modern and the abbreviated name of a type of food store containing (invested in) the single letter for husband.
27a Runner is more complacent going across line (8)
A synonym for more complacent containing (going across) the single letter for line gives a person who deals in contraband.
28a Chap becoming more mature and coping (8)
The combination of two synonyms: the first for chap, the second for becoming more mature.
2d Otherwise a small group of players includes old musical work (8)
A two letter synonym for otherwise, A from the clue, and a term for a small group of musicians containing (includes) the single letter for old.
3d Medium is frantically lamenting bad omen in stars? (12)
The single letter for medium, IS from the clue, and an anagram (frantically) of LAMENTING.
4d Religious teacher with little time for chat (6)
A Jewish religious teacher and the single letter for time.
8d Mint and nutmeg, initially, put in tea, say (5-3)
An informal synonym for tea containing AND from the clue and the initial letter of Nutmeg.
14d Long story about what Romeo and Juliet have in common (5)
A type of story containing (about) the letter shared by Shakespeare’s lovers.
19d Some heathen I antagonised, European citizen (8)
This chap is found as one of the lurkers (some) contained in the second to fourth words of the clue.
22d Like many cases in court, end in disarray (6)
A synonym for court (when seeking the affection of another person) and an anagram (disarray) of end.
25d Name of Parisian embracing right standard (4)
How, for example, name would be shown on a document in France containing (embracing) the single letter for right.
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The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (UOGB) playing Ennio Morricone’s theme from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:
The UOGB is a very entertaining group, with a wide repertoire, which has been around for over 30 years and should not be confused with the copycat, Germany-based TUKUO which lost a court case that means that it cannot perform under that name in the UK.