Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2919 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where it is beginning to be quite autumnal, the wind blowing the leaves off the trees and zero degrees to start the day on Friday.
Virgilius in a benevolently tricky frame of mind today, there were two clues that were holding out on me, with some misdirection and obfuscation giving us another very enjoyable puzzle, the usual handful of anagrams, a homophone (we haven’t had one of those for a while), and a lurker – all in 28 clues.
My joint-favourites – 11a and 13d.
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:
7a Performing relatively well on course, or rather poorly (5,3)
On a golf course it’s good, elsewhere it isn’t.
9a Part of what one does is made up (6)
The lurker (part of) found in the third to fifth words of the clue.
11a Saint subject to criticism? That’s child’s play (5,3)
An important saint and a three letter term for criticise gives a children’s book and dramatic performance.
19a Part of act heard and understood (4)
The homophone (heard) of part of an act in a play.
20a Total unity as Asian country cut requirement for sight-seeing (14)
An Asian country minus its last letter (cut) and a term that is a requirement for something to be seen.
27a Pulse is one fifty, following fast time (6)
The period of fasting in the Christian church followed by the letter that can represent one and the Roman numeral for fifty.
28a Began again after page is taken as read (8)
The single letter for page followed by a single word for began again.
1d Charge over line — that makes sense (4)
A type of charge followed by (over) the single letter for line.
3d Horse-drawn vehicle, something one aims to avoid when driving (4)
A double definition, the second relates to speeding.
4d Computer on which option from menu shouldn’t be dropped? (6)
A type of computer or one of the places where one should not drop food.
6d Doctor chatted about soldiers in separate unit (10)
An anagram (doctor) of CHATTED containing (about) one of a favourite term for soldiers.
13d Out? I’m not, and very happy about it (10)
A single word for being very happy containing (about it) the opposite of I’m out.
16d Reasonable manner and pace (8)
Synonyms of manner and pace.
21d Class of sounds, all used in audiometry (6)
A class of speech sounds that all appear in audiometry.
26d Rebel following master in preparation of courses (4)
The favourite revolutionary and the single letter for following.
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