Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2918 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg; a very very good Sunday after having a TV camera inserted in the interior of my nether regions for the ninth (plus or minus one) time on Friday – once again the search for my brain was unsuccessful, and, thankfully, so was the search for any sign of the return of the Big C.
Virgilius in a tricky frame of mind today, which required some use of Chambers resources, giving us another very enjoyable puzzle, the usual handful of anagrams, including partials, and two lurkers.
And, yes, in at least the on-line version of the puzzle there is a spelling error in 1 Across – should be academic.
My joint-favourites – 1a, 14a, and 9d
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 Robust a
dcademic work about arithmetic, say? (6)
A type of academic work containing (about) a letter used to indicate the fundamentals of education of which arithmetic is one (say).
10a Warning from driver’s unlikely? Anticipate and stop (9)
The warning used for a wayward small white ball and a synonym for stop – I may have the underlining incorrect.
13a Take energy from vote in the USA somehow (7)
An anagram (somehow) of the single letter used to indicate a vote and THE USA.
14a Paradoxical odds? (5)
Betting odds that aren’t.
18a Bad person devil corrupted, poet’s concluded (8)
An anagram (corrupted) of DEVIL followed by the poetic form of a synonym for concluded.
23a Large volume in vehicle nowadays reduced by more than half (7)
A word for a type of multi-person transportation that today is shortened by more than half of its original length.
26a Pa’s letters revealing attraction of zoo (5)
The two letters of the first word of the clue joined by the additive conjunction.
29a Not even Parisian is as curious as can be (6)
A single word for not even and the (third person singular?) word for is used in Paris (and elsewhere in France).
1d Piece of news often editorially toned down (8)
One of the lurkers (piece of) found in the third to fifth words of the clue – the other lurker is 12a.
2d Country music producer briefly having shower inside (7)
A synonym for shower (as a weather phenomenon) contained by (inside) the abbreviated name of a four-string musical instrument gives the country which has the flag shown below.
5d Badly undermined, pals keep your pecker up! (3,11)
An anagram (badly) of UNDERMINED PALS gives a Latin expression.
7d Party making Conservative get excited (7)
The single letter for Conservative and a single word synonym for get excited.
9d Attention to detail, as I had evidence of debts put in safe place (14)
A single word for a safe place containing (put in) the contraction of I had and a term for evidence of debts.
17d Starts off winter in wet communications facility (8)
Remove (starts off) the initial letters of and then combine the remnants of the third to fifth words of the clue.
21d Worry a lot as area is seized by Left (7)
The single letter for area and a synonym for left containing (seized by) IS from the clue.
24d Defy party, holding up start of Brexit (5)
A type of party after (holding up) the initial letter (start) of Brexit.
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Heard this on the radio on the way home one afternoon this week. Perhaps an unlikely duo of Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, but they do justice to a Don and Phil Everly composition, with a good instrumental finish: