Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2921 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, in the early hours of yesterday morning, we had some precipitation of the soft fluffy white variety; fortunately, it had all disappeared by mid-morning.
Virgilius back to being quite tricky with, I thought, some ‘synonym stretching.’ Nevertheless, another very enjoyable puzzle, the usual handful of anagrams, including partials, one lurker, and one homophone.
My joint-favourites – 15a 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 Monotonous way to vocalise with instrument (7)
A way to vocalise or sing (so says the BRB) followed by an instrument.
9a Ring concerning something we hear (7)
Not the homophone, that’s 18d, the usual two letters for concerning and a single word for something we hear.
11a Representative who’s becoming more broad-minded? (9)
A double definition (I think), the first represents their company to potential customers.
15a I recover without male doctor, in unethical way (9)
I from the clue and a synonym for (partially?) recover containing (without) the single letter for male and one of the usual abbreviations for a doctor.
17a Achieved 50 per cent of score after pro not recalled (9)
A three letter synonym for achieved and half of the number that is also called a score all follow a synonym of pro (in favour of).
22a A voyage back as result of making a name for oneself (5)
A from the clue and a synonym for voyage reversed (back).
27a With maximal organization, temperature falls in it (7)
The single letter for temperature, and IT from the clue containing (in) a synonym for falls.
28a Tested product of mine, for example, in a small edition (7)
A from the clue, and a single word synonym of for example inside (in) a single letter for small and an abbreviation of edition.
1d Dissenter in this position joining spasmodic movement (7)
A single word for in this position combined with (joining) a three letter word for spasmodic movement.
3d Libertine consuming good kind of wine from France (5)
A synonym (that is French in origin) for libertine containing (consuming) the single letter for good – which is what I was drinking while solving and hinting.
4d One of best three dinners initially found in menu? (9)
The initial letter of Dinners contained by (found in) a (somewhat clumsy, hence the ?) two word synonymic phrase for menu.
7d First letter one found in old language, then another one turned up (7)
The single letter for one contained by (found in) an old language followed by another single letter for one all reversed (turned up).
14d Low number accepting call for peace? Nonsense (9)
A synonym for low (cattle sound), and a number containing (accepting) two letters seeking peace (and quiet).
17d Anxious female with expression of disgust trapped by rodent (7)
The single letter for female followed by a rodent containing (trapped by) a single word used to express disgust.
20d Flower-girl covering up about it without breaking law (7)
A flower that is also a girl’s name containing (covering up) the single letter for about and IT from the clue.
24d Lock as part of theatre’s security (5)
The lurker (as part of) found in the last two words of the clue.
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This is the Veridian String Quartet playing, for some reason, All Along The Watchtower by Whatsisname, probably no worse and maybe better than if he was singing it: