Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2926 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where the ‘foothills’ of this winter’s snow disposal mountains are already being formed.
Virgilius reverts to benevolence this week with a hint of oldies but goodies and some good obfuscation. Once again, it was difficult to decide what not to hint on – the usual handful of anagrams, including partials, some double definitions, but no homophones or lurkers.
My joint-favourites – 6d and 9d.
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 Fundamentals, thus, grasped by degrees (6)
A Latin translation of thus, frequently used by writers who quote from other sources, contained by (grasped by) the plural of a type of first degree.
4a Merciful judge, one who regularly trains? (8)
Double definition, the second is a frequent rail traveller.
11a Healthy, from what we hear (5)
Another double definition, the first is an adjective to describe being in a healthy condition.
15a Comprehensively added everything carried outside (8)
A synonym for carried containing (outside) a synonym for everything.
18a Against current university student group holding power (8)
The single letter for university and a type of study group containing (holding) the single letter for power.
23a Male surrounded by fools and duds (7)
The male pronoun contained by (surrounded by) a synonym for fools – I thought the definition might be an (unidentified) Americanism but the BRB says it comes from a Middle English word.
27a Lead, for instance, around work — running for union? (9)
What lead is a type of (chemically) containing the abbreviation for a musical work.
29a Collect, for example, from settler across river (6)
Ecclesiastically, a settler of accounts containing (across) the single letter for river.
1d Support painful punishment that produces strong reaction (8)
A synonym for support and a type of punishment still used in some parts of the world.
2d Web designer creating something angler can use online? (7)
Not that sort of web designer, a term that might be used for an arachnid and used by an angler.
5d Superior to European, I’m in position? That’s highly inaccurate (14)
A multi-part charade – a synonym for superior, the single letter for European, and I’M (minus the apostrophe) from the clue contained by (in) a synonym for position.
6d Economiser? Not half (5)
Removing half of the definition gives a type of the definition – I think that makes sense.
9d Light scattered in various directions, something astronaut may experience (14)
Anagram (scattered) of LIGHT contained by (in) a variety of enough compass directions to make up a 14 letter word.
16d Starts off flight, my dear — it’s extremely far (5-4)
Remove the initial letters (starts off) from the third to fifth words of the clue to come up with an astronomical distance.
21d E.g. perfect lady’s limits in edgy fashion (7)
Perfect grammatically and the outer letters (limits) of LadY).
24d Place to stay that’s cool, paradoxically, on English lake (5)
A paradoxical synonym for cool followed by (on) the single letters for English and lake.
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Number One from November 1957, Buddy Holly and The Crickets: