Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2936 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – the weather continues to confuse, now there is not enough snow for the winter festival that starts in a couple of weeks, but it will definitely be cold enough.
Once again, an excellent Virgilius puzzle, some head scratching required, I don’t think he is showing any consideration for those who might have overindulged yesterday – the usual number of anagrams (including a partial), one (double) lurker, but no homophones.
My joint favourites, using blogger’s privilege once again – 7a, 12a, 19a, 1d, 14d, and 18d.
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:
7a Prepare to shoot at brace of ducks and another bird (8)
An action as part of the preparation to shoot a firearm, AT from the clue, and two of the (cricket) scores referred to as ducks.
10a Lines included in live reading of casual sort (6)
A synonym for lines contained by (included in) a two letter synonym for live.
12a Centre of action involving masked man perhaps in theatre (9,5)
An essential feature in a type of theatre where a masked man (or woman) ‘performs.’
17a Covering for rest very briefly in double act (5)
The single letter (briefly) for very contained by (in) a type of double act.
20a Renounce gift –- it could amount to making money illegally (14)
Anagram (amount to) of RENOUNCE GIFT — IT.
25a Champ seen around one European city (6)
A synonym for champ (in terms of eating) containing (around) the single letter for one.
28a Dog runs with youngster, initially, in place of mine (8)
A breed of dog, the single (crickety) letter for runs, and the first letter (initially) of Youngster.
1d Number of people having a row in small square (4)
Double definition – a type of racing crew or a small number that is the square of another.
3d Swindles some gentle females? (4)
Another double definition, but each is pronounced differently, the second of which is some four-legged females (that might know Bambi).
6d Complete English hero that subdues opponent by force of arms (4,6)
A synonym for complete and an English naval hero.
13d Most moralistic member of clergy interrupted by a head (107)
A member of clergy containing (interrupted by) a synonymic term for a head when distribution is carried out – and the word that is turned into a superlative for the answer is in the BRB.
14d One version –- everyone has it twice, not once (5)
The double lurker (has it twice) found in the rest of the clue.
18d Moving air that’s uplifting for those without power (7)
Pilots of non-powered aircraft benefit from this.
22d Raised offence — what divides opponents in this court action (6)
A type of offence (of the deadly kind) a and feature that is between opponents in some games all reversed (raised).
26d It’s found in bottle of wine — port (4)
Another double definition to finish, a type of stopper or an Irish port.
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As well as being the ‘birthday’ of the world’s biggest and best crossword blog, today, in 1929, was the birthday of Somerset’s own Acker Bilk. I have previously used his signature hit Stranger on the Shore (played by Kenny Gee), so here is Mr Bilk playing Sweet Georgia Brown: