Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2948 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where, on Tuesday, we had the first (positive) double digit day since October 25th of last year.
The usual excellence from the Sunday Maestro – another tricky puzzle but probably not as tricky as last week – the usual number of anagrams, two lurkers, and two and a half homophones.
Standout favourites – 17a and 26a!
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 Sheltered location in main general hospital area (7)
A Southern American general and a hospital area for patients.
12a Economist said to be making money in his country no longer (5)
The first full homophone (said to be making) of an economist is the former (no longer) money of his country of birth.
13a Possibly watch male entering bank (5)
The single letter for male contained by (entering) a synonym for bank.
17a Funny programme that’s abridged in series it completes (9,6)
An abridged version of the answer is a lurker (in) in the last words of the clue – see Comment 14 for discussion on an alternative clue.
19a Drink beer, mostly chilled, when it’s hot inside (7)
A type of beer with the last letter removed (mostly), a synonym for chilled containing (when it’s . . . inside) the single letter for hot.
26a Purge all extreme characters from party — the British complaint (9)
Remove the first and last letters (purge all extreme characters from) from three consecutive words in the clue.
28a Preserve bit of golf course that’s best avoided when driving (7)
A (stretched?) synonym for preserve and part of a golf course.
1d Obtain conclusion from judge consistent with law (6)
The last letter (conclusion from) of judgE and a single word for consistent with law.
3d Repeatedly note tree rot (10)
A musical note and a tree followed by another musical note and a tree.
4d Novel athletic event that makes the papers (9)
A synonym for novel and a type of athletic event – see Comments 9 and 11 for discussion on an alternative clue.
7d Set of definitions a lexicographer finally put in magazine (8)
A from the clue and the last (finally) letter of lexicographeR contained by (put in) an informal synonym for magazine.
15d Produce text for another good entertainer, correctly pronounced (5-5)
The half homophone – the single letter for good, a synonym for entertainer, and a homophone (pronounced) of a synonym for correctly.
16d Crows, for example, about all I messed up in sport (9)
What crows are containing an anagram (messed up) of ALL I – more of a game than a sport in my view.
18d Skilled but penniless, one supported by hard work (8)
A synonym for skilled with its letter P removed (but penniless), the single letter for one, and a two letter word for supported by.
20d Lots of people who sail, we hear, do so for pleasure – I am not sure about the underlining (6)
The second full homophone (we hear) of a single word for lots of people who sail (as an occupation) is a term to sail for pleasure.
25d Cool, paradoxically, about duck making other bird’s call (4)
A ‘pop culture’ synonym (paradoxically) of cool containing the crickety representation of a duck.
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The second number one for The Spencer Davis Group, with an introduction in German, it was number one in the second half of April 1966: