Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2924 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – more wintry weather this week, with increasing amounts of soft fluffy white stuff.
Another typically excellent Virgilius puzzle in which he has returned to benevolence (at least I think so); the usual handful of anagrams, including partials, and only one lurker.
My joint-favourites – 11a, 27a, 4d, and 16d.
Congratulations to Cryptic Sue on her achievement in The Times Crossword Championship yesterday (isn’t it about time that Mark Goodliffe retired as Champion Emeritus?).
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 Self-centred travel in troubled cities (8)
A two letter synonym for travel contained by (in) an anagram (troubled) of CITIES.
9a What’s detested in every article, mother concludes (8)
The three articles, arranged appropriately, and a two letter term for mother.
11a Ideal speech for selling musical gift (7,5)
A synonym for ideal and a term for a speech used to sell something.
16a Starts off aria like true opera singer (4)
The first letters (starts off) of the third to sixth words of the clue.
18a Take part in everything that’s jolly (4)
The lurker (take part in) found in the fourth word in the clue – verified in both entries in the Little Red Book.
21a Is imprisoned by key and lock, suffering (8)
IS from the clue contained in (imprisoned by) a musical key and a lock (of hair).
27a Is permitted to do wrong in airline, producing capital (8)
A three letter synonym for is permitted, and a synonym for to do wrong contained by (in) two letters for a (national) airline produce an antipodean capital city.
28a Opposite of rare statement of approval (4,4)
A double definition, the first relates to the subject of the picture below.
2d With beat raised, dance that’s hit on course (4,4)
A synonym for beat reversed (raised) and a (formal) function which includes dancing.
4d Passionate little heroine switching ends (6)
A heroine of a Dicken’s novel with the outside letters swapped (switching ends).
6d Time in European city with an enthusiastic supporter (8)
The single letter for time contained by (in) a European (capital) city and AN from the clue.
8d Like man dealing with issue in caring way (8)
An adjective that describes how a man acts towards his offspring.
12d Very poor current politician on left I drop (12)
The single letter for (electrical) current, a two letter politician, a synonym for left (surplus), I from the clue, and a synonym for drop.
16d Music for church service (3,5)
A type of music, FOR from the clue, and one of the usual sets of two letters for church.
22d Small shack for tool (6)
The single letter for small and a synonym for shack.
25d What changed as result of spring coming? (4)
Anagram (changed) of WHAT.
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Today is the 412th anniversary of The Gunpowder Plot, it is also Peter Noone’s 70th birthday. Here he is with the rest of Herman’s Hermits with a recording, from 1965, that got to Number One in the USA and Canada, but, perhaps strangely, not in the UK: