Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2949 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where most of the city (including me), and presumably most of the surrounding area, is energised by the success of The Jets, the city’s (ice) hockey team which is off to a good start in its quest to win Lord Stanley’s Cup for the first time.
As always, the usual excellence from the Sunday Maestro – much lower on the trickiness scale than the last few weeks but not quite benevolent – more than the usual number of anagrams (less insertions?), one lurker, one homophone, and some double unches.
Standout favourites – 21a and 24d
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 Motivated some children thus educated (8)
The lurker (some) found in the rest of the clue.
9a Lawyer in a very old cape in court? (8)
A from the clue, followed by the single letters for very, old, and cape contained by (in) a synonym for court (as in woo).
11a Modify the histogram for final part of course (4,8)
An anagram (modify) of THE HISTOGRAM can apply to two or four legged runners (among others).
16a Louvre’s part with special art, being extremely selective (4)
The first and last letters (extremely selective) of two words in the clue.
18a Enthralled, hearing hit (4)
The homophone (hearing) of a synonym of hit.
21a Indication of quality in bird book (4,4)
A bird of prey and one of the NT books.
23a Signal delight about learner getting beating (12)
A type of signal, and a synonym of delight containing (about) the single letter for learner.
28a Artistic type‘s misplaced altruism (8)
An anagram (misplaced) of ALTRUISM.
2d One working late has arranged own light (5,3)
An anagram (has arranged) of OWN LIGHT.
(Another opportunity to use this cute picture.)
3d Like support for tightrope artist that’s very tense (6,6)
A double definition, the second is a two word synonymic phrase for very tense.
6d Capsize in open vessel (8)
The combination of a synonym of one use of open and a type of (non-sailing) vessel.
8d Safety equipment needing to be worn — that’s behind strike (4,4)
A supporting device that is behind and a synonym of strike.
12d Like orchestral music, in turn, is awfully cerebral (12)
An anagram (awfully) of TURN IS and a synonym for cerebral.
17d Not prepared for planting, up to the point of being directed (8)
The combination of single words for up to the point of and being directed.
24d Bark of golden retriever? (4)
The name of the (sailing) vessel of those who went in search of an item made from gold – and the first word of the clue is in the BRB.
25d Male entering before PM that’s said to be attention-seeking (4)
The male pronoun contained by (entering) the period before PM.
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It’s almost Eurovision time again; in 1967, it was held a month earlier, on April 8th, and Sandie Shaw was the UK’s first ever winner with Puppet on a String which went to Number One on April 27th for three weeks: