Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2941 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where Mother Nature has decided that 75% of average winter snow fall is not enough so the start of Spring will probably be delayed while we catch up on the amount of snow starting today with the arrival of a Colorado Low. The fact that last winter we had 140% of average winter snow fall does not appear to matter.
I hope that the effects of Emma meets Beast from the East have begun to subside; but, beware, a very strong Nor’easter that went up the Eastern seaboard of the USA and Canada on Friday, Saturday, and today is about to begin its journey across the pond. So, this time next week?
Virgilius in a somewhat tricky frame of mind again, but not as tricky as I thought he was going to be, perhaps a very enjoyable Mouton Cadet Blanc helped – the usual number of anagrams, two lurkers, four, yes four, homophones, but you only get hints for two of them.
Candidates for favourite – 9a, 16a, 4d, and 6d (you should notice a theme).
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 Material Chekhov initially included in his play rewritten (8)
Nothing to do with what Chekhov did, an anagram (rewritten) of the initial letter of Chekhov and HIS PLAY.
9a Get to know about remaining present as stated (8)
One of the homophones (as stated) of synonyms of remaining and present.
11a One left area without soldier? That doesn’t make sense (12)
The single letter for one, the single letter for left, and a synonym for area containing (without) the two letters for a US soldier.
15a What ends in road rage, creating hazard (6)
The last letter (what ends in) of roaD and a synonym for rage.
17a Land in East in fit of temper (5)
A double definition, the first is a type of field.
23a What teacher amended, covering right way to display elements (7,5)
Anagram (amended) of WHAT TEACHER containing (covering) the single letter for right.
27a Call on me first, in relation to treatment (8)
Two letters for in relation to, followed by ME from the clue, and a synonym for call – I am not sure if I have got this exactly right, any suggestions would be welcomed.
28a Raised voice in argument after endless decline (8)
A synonym for decline with the last letter removed (endless) followed by a two word synonymic phrase for argument.
2d Flower in bunch a rebel leader distributed (8)
The first lurker (in . . . distributed) found in the remaining words of the clue.
3d Player in quartet that’s been successful thus far (4-8)
One of the quartet in the last but one stage of a competition.
6d Leaves container holding two things golfer needs, one heard (3,5)
Another of the homophones (one heard) of two golfing elements.
8d Ill-defined situation with big cut covering awful year (4,4)
A synonym of big with the last letter removed (cut) containing (covering) an anagram (awful) of
a synonym of big with the first letter removed (cut) and YEAR.
12d What comes after flight — coach that’s for disembarking passengers (7-5)
What comes after or is the last phase of a flight and a type of coach (the passengers have not travelled on an aircraft).
16d Fellow and I modify rocket, for instance (8)
The single letter for fellow and I from the clue followed by a synonym for modify.
17d Alarm about US politician that causes widespread ill-feeling? (8)
A synonym for alarm containing (about) the abbreviation for one of the major US political parties.
25d Part of leg held in cynical foul (4)
The second lurker (held in) found in the last words of the clue.
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Michael Barrett (a.k.a. Shakin’ Stevens), apparently, according to my research, from the ‘wrong’ part of Wales, was born on this day 70 years ago and this was a Number One at the end of March in 1981: