Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2933 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – after another week of extremely chilly weather, we could be running around in tee-shirts and shorts this afternoon with a forecast high of minus one!
The first Virgilius of the New Year; as excellent as ever, and on the benevolent side – the usual handful of anagrams (including partials), a couple of lurkers, and homophones, after a short absence, with some biblical references.
My joint favourites – 6a, 12a, 24a, 5d, 11d, and 23d.
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 Arrange a nice time without pressure? Job didn’t suffer from it (10)
An anagram of A NICE TIME containing (without) the single letter for pressure makes a reference to an OT character.
9a Roadblock ultimately not any obstacle for smart alec (4-3)
The last letter (ultimately) of roadblock, a two letter synonym for not any, and a type of obstacle.
12a Not hot, not cool (13)
The negative of a word that is a synonym for both hot and cool as pop culture words.
15a In favour of lock to make building hard to break into (8)
One of the single word synonyms of in favour of and one of the types of lock that we encounter frequently.
17a Puzzle having this kind of clue, mostly something idiosyncratic (8)
This type of clue (in terms of the list it is in) with the last letter removed (mostly) and an involuntary nervous reaction (something idiosyncratic).
22a Sudden noise when corrupt hosts repeatedly beat us (13)
Anagram (when corrupt) of noise containing (hosts) a repeated synonym of beat, and US from the clue.
24a A contest for couples holding hands cut short (7)
A from the clue and that card game.
27a No longer bent, reportedly, so economically challenged (10)
The first homophone (reportedly) of a single word for no longer bent.
1d Like material for writer that’s popular — okay, but oddly lacking (4)
A favourite synonym for popular and what remains when the odd letters (oddly lacking) are removed from okay.
3d Safe place during crossing, if craft at sea is secure (7,6)
An anagram (at sea) of IF CRAFT, IS from the clue, and a synonym of secure.
4d Some churchmen listening join service (6)
One of the lurkers (some), the other is 21d, found in the clue.
7d Gruesome result of vehicle going into female runner (7)
An example of an equine (female runner) containing (result of . . . going into) a type of vehicle.
11d Scientific type with a lot of fliers in his study (13)
An avian specialist.
13d Resident in hospital, to some extent exemplary worker (10)
IN from the clue, the single letter for hospital, a two word (1,3) synonymic phrase for to some extent, and an exemplary worker.
20d Decide not to vote, collecting a black mark (7)
A from the clue, the single letter for black, and a synonym for mark.
23d Want work to make dough, we hear (4)
The second homophone (we hear) of the process to make bread.
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Mike McGear (a.k.a. younger brother of Sir Paul McCartney) is 74 today; here he is (the one on the left) with the rest of The Scaffold with their 1968 hit: