Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2922 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where this week the weather has been ‘all over the map’ – very windy on Wednesday (not quite Ophelia or Brian levels) 40 mph with gusts to 50 mph, and a record 24.3 degrees on Friday.
My Saturday was very enjoyable, a brilliant NTSPP from Snape to start and a typically excellent Virgilius to finish in which he was, once again, being quite tricky. An enjoyable puzzle, the usual handful of anagrams, including partials, two lurkers, including one that I am describing as a ‘double,’ some double unches, and , for me, a new word.
My joint-favourites – 21a and 4d.
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 Framed by narrow window, behold gallant knight (8)
A two letter synonym for behold contained in (framed by) a type of narrow window.
11a Creating distraction, wrongly directs a monarch (12)
Anagram (wrongly) of DIRECTS A followed by a type of monarch.
15a Place for putting European or English novelist (6)
Part of a golf course and the single letter for European.
17a Turned to leading man or lady, one playing central role (5)
TO from the clue and a type of celebrity all reversed (turned).
21a One or two girls providing shrub (8)
A girl’s name, that can be split into two girls’ names, gives a fragrant shrub.
23a Stupid person the day before helping to produce solemn statement (12)
One of the usually terms for a stupid person, a term for the day before (an important festival), and one of the usual synonyms for a helping – the new word for me.
27a That chap and I, holding pound, invest capital in Europe (8)
A two letter synonym for that chap and I from the clue containing (holding) the single letter for pound and an informal synonym for invest.
28a Apart from revolutionary in old hat, turned back (8)
One of the usual revolutionaries contained by (in) a single word for old hat reversed (turned back).
2d One far from admirable character or another I upset (4-4)
Anagram (upset) of ANOTHER I.
3d A great deal of Tory party followed by half-hearted mob (12)
A three letter synonym for Tory, a synonym for party, and a synonym for mob with half of its middle letters removed.
6d Frank view about paintings put up (8)
A synonym for view containing (about) a descriptive term for paintings reversed (put up).
7d Fruit that bird can’t get in tree (4)
Double definition – the second is a flightless bird.
12d Habitual thief and policeman endlessly take off together (12)
Anagram (off together) of POLICEMAN and TAKe (endlessly).
19d Play in attempt to win a hand? (8)
A song or a tune with a romantic theme.
24d Going either way in metropolis, I located food store (4)
The ‘double’ lurker, the same word backwards and forwards (going either way) in the fifth to seventh words of the clue.
A ‘bonus’ picture clue just in case the video just above does not play.
25d Enthusiastic support, having very briefly contributed (4)
A type of support containing (having . . . briefly contributed) the single letter for very.
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This was the first complete record played 50 years 3 weeks and 1 day ago on the first day of the newly created Radio 1; I remember it well, I was staying in a pub/hotel in Scunthorpe before being best man at my older brother’s wedding (I had planned to play this video 3 weeks ago but I forgot (and the caption in the video is off by 2 years)):