Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2940 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where temperatures have at last ‘warmed up’ to seasonal levels but there is still plenty of wind chill to make one think otherwise.
Birthday Bash pictures are in the Gallery!
Virgilius in a somewhat tricky frame of mind, but not as tricky as I thought he was going to be when I started the solve – the usual number of anagrams, two lurkers, no homophones, and one superb ‘only Virgilius’ clue.
Candidates for favourite – 14a, 1d, and 15d.
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:
8a How conviction makes one feel — it includes fine that’s too much (7)
A single word for how one feels when one has conviction and IT from the clue containing (includes) the single letter for fine.
11a Defender in a sport adding essential point (9)
A from the clue, a sport played on horseback, and a single word for an essential point.
13a For Dutch town, took flight back ahead of time (5)
A synonym for took flight reversed (back) followed by the single letter for time.
14a Alter something like this to house son who lives alone? (7)
A term for to alter (or do over) what this ‘collection’ of words ‘is’ containing (to house) the single letter for son – no-one does it like Virgilius!.
19a Unscrupulous American lawyer contributing to mass hysteria (7)
The first lurker (contributing to) found in the end words of the clue.
24a Pianist including third piece from Mozart in record (5)
A synonym for a record containing (including) the third letter (piece) of Mozart – being a pianist was just one of this individual’s many talents.
28a Endlessly negligent in workout — that could start an argument (7)
A synonym for negligent with the last letter removed (endlessly) contained by (in) a two letter acronym for workout.
1d Madeira, for instance, that might be found in kitchen (6)
A double definition to start the Downs, the first is the solid, not liquid, form of Madeira.
3d From outside port, men took bearing (10)
The second lurker (from) found in the rest of the clue.
6d Puzzle as partners in special relationship are upset over party (6)
The abbreviations of the two countries who may (or may not) be in a special relationship reversed (are upset) containing (over) a synonym for party.
15d It’s used to secure gear as stupid male’s parking, say (7,3)
Someone described as stupid, the male pronoun, the possessive S from the clue, the single letter for parking, and the abbreviation of the Latin synonymic term for say.
17d Box with youth outside ring, creating work for doctor (8)
Synonyms for a box (container) and a youth containing (outside) the letter that represents a ring.
20d Minion from whom no statement is impossible? (3-3)
An underling who cannot say no.
22d Loathing something worn by cardinal? Just the reverse (6)
An informal term for something a cardinal wears with the two words it is comprised of swapped over (just the reverse) and combined.
25d Like considerable sum put in order (4)
A double definition to finish, the first is a synonym for (like) considerable when referring to a sum of money.
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Number One for two weeks in the second half of February 1968; apparently it was written by whatsisname*, some time in 1967, but Manfred Mann was the first to release a recording of it: