Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2923 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – some wild, even wintry weather this week – as shown by my car on Thursday morning – with more in the forecast.
A typically excellent Virgilius in which he has, once again, been quite tricky with some good misdirection and obfuscation. The usual handful of anagrams, including partials, and only one lurker.
My joint-favourites – 17a, 21a, 3d, and 15d plus a few more I could have added.
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:
8a Simplify calculation by increasing number in assembly (5-2)
The process to simplify the result of a calcuation.
12a Game that’s handled by person in hot seat? (5)
A double definition, the first is a card game.
14a Plant old bishop and priest put in US city (7)
A US city frequently abbreviated to two letters containing (put in) the single letters for old and bishop, and an OT priest.
17a Smooth, cold, and undecided about HM in session with reporters (5,10)
A synonym for smooth (clothing), the single letter for cold, and a two word phrase for undecided containing (about) alternate two letters for HM.
24a King taken in by light-headed religious ascetic (5)
The single letter for king contained (taken in) by a term defining hair colour.
27a Times can be read on this — other paper put back (7)
A tabloid newspaper and a synonym for put reversed (back).
28a Criticise article about expert that deals with all complaints (7)
The increasingly frequent synonym for criticize and the single letter article containing a synonym for expert.
1d Religious leader embracing right, right? Right (6)
A religious leader containing (embracing) the single letter for right, followed by the single letter for right.
3d Counselled about conclusions of the lower court being made known (10)
A synonym for counselled containing (about) the last letters of fifth to seventh words of the clue.
6d Means to raise a large wild animal (6)
A tool used for raising an object, A from the clue, and a single letter for large.
7d Reduction, as incorporated in formal ruling (8)
A formal ruling containing (incorporated in) AS from the clue.
15d Pub repeatedly is disrupted by an uncivilised lot (10)
A synonym for pub repeated, and IS from the clue containing (disrupted by) AN from the clue.
17d Not advocating war, if one’s in treaty (8)
A synonym for treaty containing (in) IF from the clue and the single letter for one and S from the clue.
22d Expert navigator needed in fleet as mandated (6)
The lurker in (needed in) the last three words of the clue.
25d Attack with ultimate in air support (4)
The last (ultimate in) letter of aiR and a synonym for support.
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Number One from October 1972, with one of the oldest ‘pop stars’ ever (this appears to be from the TOTP end of the year ’round-up’):