Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2951 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where we have had wild swings in maximum temperatures this week – 31 degrees on Monday, 11 degrees on Thursday (fortunately both positive).
A very typical Virgilius puzzle of the usual quality – like last Sunday, some trickiness so not quite benevolent – more than the usual number of anagrams, two lurkers, no homophones, and a couple of answers that have appeared in other puzzles very recently.
Joint favourites – 10a and 22d.
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 Bad clue I had for mathematician (6)
An anagram (bad) of CLUE followed by the contraction of I had.
10a Put writer’s material back in cupboard, tightly bound together (5-4)
A synonym of cupboard containing (put . . . in) liquid writer’s material reversed (back).
11a Demonstrated shiny fabric (5)
When written as (3,2), a synonymic phrase of demonstrated.
14a Not all writers excel in using words sparingly (5)
The second lurker (not all) (the first is 4a) found in the second pair of words in the clue.
18a Stupid constable forgetting name — that impedes progress (8)
An anagram (stupid) of CONSTABLE without (forgetting) the single letter for name.
25a May, for example, organise constituents in her seat (7)
An anagram (organise constituents in) HER SEAT.
28a With skill following route through mountains OK (8)
A single word for with skill (be careful on the unchecked last letter) after (following) a single word for route through mountains.
29a The student, primarily, is presenting research work (6)
THE from the clue, the first letter (primarily) of Student, and IS from the clue.
1d Doctor let a case threaten to get out of control (8)
An anagram (doctor) of LET A CASE.
3d I approach home in tree seriously (2,7)
The ‘collection’ of I from the clue, a synonynm of approach, and a type of home in a tree written per the enumeration.
6d A state in East briefly upset part of India (5)
A from the clue and an abbreviated form (briefly) of an Eastern US state reversed (upset).
7d Test, in chemistry lab, requiring concentration? (7)
The answer relates to measuring the strength of a solution.
9d Arm of Atlantic that’s familiar to Brits surfing? (7,7)
A (tongue in cheek?) double definition – the second relates to watching TV (I think).
17d A river covering one part of US or another (8)
The combination of A from the clue, the single letter for river, and a US state gives another US state.
19d Signs with union’s announcement about end of strike? Right (7)
The announcements in church of an impending union containing (about) the last letter (end) of strikE and the single letter for right.
24d Copies turned up, including one old photograph (5)
A synonym of copies reversed (turned up) containing (including) the single letter for one.
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From 1960, Number One for the Everly Brothers for seven weeks beginning on May 5th: