Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2947 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – from where Virgilius can be assured that his position as Sunday maestro is not in danger of being usurped by my alter ego.
After last week’s benevolence, this is one of the trickiest Virgilius puzzles I have experienced in my 15 months of blogging – we have the usual number of anagrams, two lurkers, no homophones, one triple definition, and double unches.
Candidates for favourite – 23a, 28a, 2d, and 19d.
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 Master criminal better kept in solitary (2,6)
A synonym for better inserted into (kept in) a synonym for solitary.
11a Fail to see people outside art gallery ahead of time? It’s not true (12)
A single word for fail to see and a synonym for people containing (outside) the favourite art gallery, followed by (ahead of) the single letter for time.
16a Cheese ready for case? Not quite (4)
A term for to ready (a team) which can also be used with case with the last letter removed (not quite).
17a Thing baked before church for bishop, perhaps (5)
Something that is baked and one of the abbreviations for church for a bishop made of wood or plastic?
21a Follower‘s record that is holding another back (8)
A type of record and the abbreviation of the Latin for that is containing (holding) another type of record reversed (back).
23a What we see in Copenhagen — Danes’ ulterior motive (6,6)
The second lurker (the first is 10a) – a single word that can be a synonym for what we see in which becomes the lurker indicator for what is in Copenhagen Danes – brilliant.
27a Knew race must be rearranged? Ascot, it could be (8)
An anagram (must be rearranged) of KNEW RACE.
28a Seaside facility at end of quay embraced by business leaders (8)
AT from the clue and the last letter (end of) of quaY contained (embraced) by the collective group of leaders of a business.
2d A player confused about end of overture, such as 1812 (4,4)
An anagram (confused) of A PLAYER containing (about) the last letter (end of) overturE (which the answer has nothing to do with).
3d Spoke disparagingly — steered clear of including corrupt admin (12)
A synonym for steered clear of containing (including) an anagram (corrupt) of ADMIN – a new word for me which required BRB confirmation.
5d What one faces, coming from West Indians’ part of world (4)
A double definition, the first is the direction of travel if one starts in the West.
7d Missing target I had in partnership (4)
For all cricket fans, the contraction of I had contained by (in) a two letter word that indicates a partnership.
12d How attraction may happen in delightful way, securing catch (12)
A single word for in a delightful way containing (securing) a synonym for catch.
16d Part of defence worker used for action in court (8)
A member of the defence in either the round or oval ball game and a synonym for worker.
19d Local in country pub, say, has unfinished nasty drink (8)
A synonym for nasty with last letter removed (unfinished) and a type of beer.
24d Tie up and cut off weed (4)
The triple definition – check the picture.
25d Suit, for example, in card game, turned over (4)
A card game reversed (turned over).
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Born in Cardiff on this day in 1944, this was Dave Edmunds’ only Number One hit over Christmas in 1970 (it was first recorded by Smiley Lewis (who, along with Chuck Berry and others gets an honourable mention about half way through) in 1955):