Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2950 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where, I can’t believe I’m saying this, we need some rain. Since March 1st we are at about 50% of average rainfall and there have already been a number of wildfires and the risk is increasing.
Virgilius has provided a puzzle of the usual quality – like last Sunday, some trickiness but not quite benevolent – back to the usual number of anagrams, two lurkers, a partial homophone, and a couple of crickety clues, all in 28 clues.
Joint favourites – 14a and 11d.
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 Hit an alien, given new order to destroy (10)
An anagram (given new order) to start of HIT AN ALIEN.
9a Behaviour that’s becoming odd — almost lure into trap at first (7)
A one word synonym for lure into trap with the last letter removed (almost) before (at first) a synonym of odd.
14a King Edward, for example, as source of pessimistic law(6)
An informal synonym for what a King Edward is a type of.
15a Exhausted layabout (8)
A double definition, although the BRB shows enumeration of (4-4) for the first one.
22a Beyond doubt, accomplished by popular argument against trial (13)
A charade made up of (accomplished by) a popular synonym for popular, a term for argument against, and a synonym of trial.
24a Communication from John or Paul, say, in English post (7)
The ‘honorific’ of a particular John or Paul contained by (in) the single letter for English and a synonym of post.
26a Bomb in military vehicle (4)
A double definition, the first describes not doing very well.
27a Where countdown begins before social gathering for those present (10)
Two words that indicate where a countdown begins and a type of social gathering.
1d Assistant‘s brainwave, moving article from bottom to top (4)
A synonym for brainwave with the indefinite article at the end moved to the front (from bottom to top).
3d Animal, one of particular colour, seen in tree (5,8)
A four legged animal, a term for one of those animals that is brown.
4d Creates boundary — in length, it’s under one mile (6)
The single letters for length, one, and mile and ITS from the clue at the end (under).
7d Male left in pit in lowest level for shift, for instance (7)
The male pronoun and a type of pit containing the single letter for left.
11d Person consulted expressing no interest, as some might say (8,5)
A synonym of expressing and a homophone (as some might say) of a term that indicates having no interest.
16d Blue during fall, after last of deciduous leaves (8)
A synonym of during and a synonym of fall with the last letter of deciduous removed (after . . . leaves).
21d Like cliché about phosphorus being important element in diet (6)
An adjective that might describe a cliché containing (about) the chemical symbol for phosphorus.
23d Some swimming energetically in part of pool (4)
One of the lurkers (some), the other is 17a, in the second and third words of the clue.
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For Miffypops, before he has to recharge his mobile phone, and all Abba fans who can’t wait for the new recordings to be released later in the year – after winning Eurovision in April 1974, Number One for two weeks starting on May 4th, 1974: