Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2945 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Easter Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where we went back into the deep freeze for the second half of the week; yesterday we had a low of minus 17, and a high of minus 9 without taking account of the ever present wind chills. I think the migrating geese that have already returned must be having second thoughts!
A busy day today, starting with an Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 am (12:30 pm BST), so there may not be very many comments or additional hints from me.
Virgilius in an extremely tricky frame of mind, – some trademark clues, the usual number of anagrams, no lurkers, no homophones, and no themed clues for either designation of the day.
Candidates for favourite – 8a, 16a, 25a, and 21d.
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 Looked for modified sawn-off shotgun? (6)
A relatively easy anagram (modified) to start of SHOTGUn with the last letter removed (sawn-off).
8a Result of splitting atom? That’s only half of it (8)
You have half of something when you split atom into (1,2,1).
12a Bound to come home, I have returned with piece of furniture (10)
The usual two letter synonym for home, the contraction of I have reversed (returned), and an item of furniture.
13a Demanding to hold person in prison? That’s erratic (12)
A synonym of demanding containing (to hold) the three letter synonym for someone in prison.
16a Minimal time allowance for each boy and you (6,6)
The designation of a minimal time period, a three letter word that can be used for allowance for each, and a male child (boy).
22a Possible location for better company full of pride, say (6)
The usual abbreviation for company containing (full of) what pride is a type of (including the indefinite article).
23a Widespread complaint as before, for citation in big story (8)
A Latin word used to indicate the use of a previously cited source (as before for citation) contained by (in) a type of big story.
25a Lear, for example, as English king (6)
Not the Shakespearean Lear but the first name of the artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet.
1d Without pressure, making cuts as part of editing process (8)
A synonym for making cuts containing (without) the single letter for pressure.
3d Philosopher’s absorbing current pastimes (7)
A 17th century philosopher containing (absorbing) the single letter used as a symbol for (electrical) current.
7d In fact, form strategic partnership again? (6)
The two letters for again (repeat) and a single word for to form a strategic partnership.
9d Disloyal — after leader’s ousted, it’s OK (11)
The initial letter (leader) removed (ousted) from iT and a synonym for OK – I think.
15d Bring crackers into part of ground for lark, perhaps (8)
An anagram (crackers) of BRING contained by (into) a (poetic) synonym for part of ground.
18d Enjoyed revelry, left about one (7)
A synonym for left containing (about) the single letter for one.
19d Hold-up after this country initially upset another (6)
A nounal synonym for hold-up after the initials for our country reversed (upset) gives another country.
21d Is deleted from this Greek letter or another (5)
Delete IS from THis and add a Greek letter to obtain another Greek letter.
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An a capella version of I Heard it Through the Grapevine by Marvin Gaye which was in the middle of a three week stint at Number One on this day in 1969: