Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2917 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – Mother Nature continues to confuse us and herself, a record 34.8 degrees on Tuesday, 11 degrees and rain on Friday, and 9 degrees and rain yesterday.
For me, after a slightly slow start, Virgilius is in a benevolent frame of mind today, maybe it was the Dalwhinnie, giving us another very enjoyable puzzle, the usual handful of anagrams, including partials, and two lurkers, including one of 13 letters!
My co-favourites – 8d and 11d.
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 Study subject in school that gives moral guidance (10)
A favourite three letter word that in one usage is a synonym for study and a school subject that includes experimentation.
9a Unforeseen problem in theatrical part before season in US (7)
Part of the structure of a theatre and the US term for the season that is just about to start.
12a Thoughtfulness seen in allowance set by Tory party (13)
The combination of a three letter synonym for Tory and a synonym for party, followed by (set by) a synonym for allowance.
15a Female at one’s home is that woman who does the polishing? (8)
The single letter for female, a two letter word for at one’s home, IS from the clue, and a word for that woman – phew!.
17a Birds getting together when the sun rises (4-4)
Two birds joined by a hyphen (and sometimes the hyphen is not used) which can be used as a term for sunrise.
22a Tool for tailoring legs without bad shrinkage (7,6)
An informal term for legs containing (without) an anagram (bad) of SHRINKAGE.
25a Small hardship, going without a vegetable (7)
The single letter for small and a synonym for hardship (at a . . .) containing (going without) A from the clue.
27a As change for US, introducing help for unemployed youth (10)
AS from the clue and the smallest US coin containing (introducing) financial help for the unemployed.
1d Manage to put together odds for croupier (4)
Select and join (put together) the odd-numbered letters of the last word of the clue.
2d Sighted off the rocks? (7)
The concatenation of how I like my Dalwhinnie served.
5d Conservative standing on ceremony before appearance raised standards (8)
The single letter for Conservative (as in politician), a term for a ceremony, and a synonym for appearance reversed (raised).
8d E.g. Mum or Dad having daughter housed by friend in capital (10)
The combination of a synonym for friend, IN from the clue, and a European capital city containing (housed by) the single letter for daughter.
11d Some top players partly muffle a din — glad I escaped (7,6)
The long lurker (partly) found in the fifth to the tenth words of the clue – FYI – the other lurker is 24a.
16d Kind of writing that’s used for minutes (8)
What indicates the minutes on an analog clock.
21d Swindle is covered up by revolutionary Left (6)
The favourite crossword revolutionary and the single letter for left containing (covered up by) IS from the clue gives a slang synonym for the definition.
23d It’s opposed to this heartless threat (4)
The last word of the clue with some of its centre letters removed (heartless).
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Gerry Marsden with The Pacemakers, in a ‘duel’ with Don and Phil Everly: