Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2937 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – an Alberta Clipper caused a few problems in the middle of the week, a morning of snow then a day and a half of strong and gusting winds blowing the new snow all over the place.
Today is my first anniversary of Sunday blogging and my 53rd Sunday blog – only 348 more to catch up with BD some time in October 2024 at the present rate. With the ‘rules’ of weekend blogging this means that I have blogged the equivalent of 26.5 crosswords, and I suspect that there are some who consider that I have only solved that many. However, not even copious amounts of alcohol would get me to reveal my solving record. But, I will give one hint; I regularly include a summary of anagrams, lurkers, and homophones in my preamble.
Once again, an excellent Virgilius puzzle, benevolently tricky or trickily benevolent, I’m not sure which – the usual number of anagrams, three lurkers (two of then very ingenious), and one homophone.
Standout favourite – 16a.
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 Part of opening spell for oil producer (6)
Part of what Ali Baba would say is a source of edible oil.
8a Detain alien that’s useful source of information (8)
A synonym for detain (long term) and the favourite cinematographic alien.
11a London architect that builds small home in country (4)
A double definition – see picture for the second.
13a Surprise about a celebrity returning, one working in theatre (5,7)
A, perhaps, not very common synonym for surprise containing (about) A from the clue with a synonym for a celebrity reversed (returning).
16a Is bloke held by Communists found out about again? (12)
IS from the clue followed by a synonym for bloke all contained (held) by the colourful word for Communist repeated.
21a Part of stove, normally (4)
The first lurker (part of) found in the rest of the clue.
22a Understand loud party being cut short (6)
The single letter for musically loud and a type of party, written as (2,4) or (2-4), with the last letter removed (cut short).
24a Totally composed, at ease — or just partly (6)
The second lurker (just partly) found in the definition.
25a Daughter prematurely joined, at great expense (6)
The single letter for daughter joined with a synonym for prematurely.
1d Way to address girl in Essen or Italy? Yes and no (8)
The third lurker (in) applies to the country not the city.
2d Forbidding gun when protecting monarch (5)
A type of automatic gun containing (when protecting) a regnal cipher.
3d Note what’s said when hesitating as little as possible (7)
The word (what’s said) for a musical note and a hesitational word.
7d Fan of loud music in seat person’s crazy to vacate? (6)
A double definition – the second is somewhat humourous (see picture) (crazy = off one’s . . .).
14d Name included by showy editor for added embellishment (9)
The single letter for name contained (included) by a synonym for showy and the usual abbreviation for editor to finish.
15d Bank absorbing change in the US of late (8)
A synonym for bank (on) containing (absorbing) monetary US change.
18d Employment initially cut — remedy is not clear (7)
A synonym for employment with the first letter deleted (initially cut) and a synonym for remedy.
21d Award presented in ring — reminder of painful fight (5)
The ring shaped letter and a mark or blemish on the skin.
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A random selection this week, from the 1996 film Brassed Off, the finale of The William Tell Overture (a.k.a The Lone Ranger Theme) actually played by The Grimethorpe Colliery Band for the film; and here’s some fun trivia, Giacomo Rossini, the composer, was a leap year baby in 1792: