Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2928 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where the weather has been all over the place in terms of temperatures and precipitation.
The benevolence shown by Virgilius over the last couple of weeks has disappeared this week – the usual handful of anagrams, some multiple definitions, three homophones, and two lurkers all contained in 27 clues. Based on my experience with the puzzle, I could have hinted on more clues than I am allowed to so I expect some solvers will be disappointed.
My joint-favourites – 20a 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 Piece of text, perhaps ruined when one page is removed (6)
A simple anagram to start (ruined) of PERHAPS with a P (one page) removed.
8a Upper garments over underwear for those in authority (3,5)
A single word for upper garments (especially for females) containing (over) a type of female underwear.
13a Intolerant, but not big-headed? (6-6)
A double definition, a hyphenated two word expression and note the ‘?’ on the second definition.
16a Like fierce arguments with youth in a trial — I go crazy (12)
A synonym for youth contained by (in) an anagram (crazy) of A TRIAL I GO.
20a Caught fish, retaining pile for skinflint (10)
The single (crickety) letter for caught and a type of fish containing (retaining) a synonym for pile.
24a In old-fashioned speech, discerns English rage (6)
An archaic (in old-fashioned speech) synonym for discerns followed by the single letter for English.
25a Moderate’s so on both sides of this (6)
A term for moderate consisting of so repeated and ‘this.’
1d Motivate one young woman that’s extravagant? (8)
A synonym for motivate (physically?), the single letter for one, and a three letter synonym for a young woman.
2d Puttin’ on academic wear? Hood, for instance (5)
A synonym that might be used for putting on academic wear with the last letter removed.
5d Confidence, as reported, is bound to be restrained (7)
A homophone (as reported) of a synonym of confidence.
9d Subscribe on my behalf should it be necessary? That’s worth noting (11)
A synonymic phrase (4,2,1,4) for subscribe on my behalf written as a single word.
14d Fix a part for spy chief in complex procedure (9)
A synonym for fix, A from the clue, and a synonym for an acting part containing (for) Bond’s boss.
19d Puzzles, from what we hear, producing agony (6))
A homophone (from what we hear) of a synonym for puzzles.
21d Seat for MP that’s been half-heartedly supported by church (5)
Been from the clue with one of its middle letters removed (half-heartedly) followed by one of the usual abbreviations for church.
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Elvis Presley would occasionally improvise lyrics during live performances. This is the story behind such a performance of Are You Lonesome Tonight which was later released as a single and, as I recall (perhaps incorrectly), was a very popular selection on Ray Moore’s early morning Radio 2 show on Children in Need day.