Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2952 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where, after some very welcome rain on Thursday and Friday – especially for those fighting the wild fires in the province, we have a holiday weekend to celebrate Queen Victoria’s 199th birthday although, as I have said before, I don’t think the average Canadian needs a reason to break out the burgers, hot dogs, and beer on any late spring or summer weekend.
Virgilius as excellent as ever, although I found this one very tricky – less than the usual number of anagrams, one lurker, and two homophones.
Candidates for favourite – 7a, 25a, and 5d.
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:
7a A whistle-blower singularly shod? Not so (8)
A from the clue and the short form of a match official contained by a single item of footwear.
11a We are prone to absorb blow as harmless deception (5,3)
A two word equivalent of we are prone containing (to absorb) a synonym of blow.
12a Disorderly march cancelled — is even changing into friendly campaign (5,9)
An anagram (disorderly) of MARCH, a synonym of cancelled, and an anagram (changing into) of IS EVEN.
17a Deliberately lost to the other side, as stated (5)
The first homophone (as stated) of a single word for to the other side (the second is 19a).
20a How pieces of chintz are ordered — or almost! (14)
A description of the arrangement of the letters in chintz or almost.
23a Foreign citizen producing articles about part of UK (8)
Indefinite and definite articles containing (about) two letters for part of the UK.
28a Moron I’ve confused who will swallow anything? (8)
An anagram (confused) of MORON I’VE.
1d Part of foot that may be painful in dance (4)
A double definition – see the illustration for the first.
2d Flip ingredient in pub one’s unable to choose? (6)
An ingredient in a type of drink (flip) contained by (in) a synonym for pub.
4d Kindly include head of government in African country (6)
The first letter (head of) of Government contained by (include . . . in) a West African country.
5d Only Conservative is above criticism, ultimately, for bad behavior (8)
A synonym for only, the single letter for Conservative, IS from the clue, and the last letter (ultimately) of criticisM.
13d Women having fun with jolly fellows around new piano (3,7)
A single word for jolly fellows who might be members of a (pirate?) crew containing (around) the single letters for n and piano.
16d Manipulation of figures elevated favourite — be curious about it (8)
A single word for be curious containing (about it) synonyms for elevated and favourite.
18d Western criminal paid to kill American poet (7)
The single letter for Western and a single word for a criminal paid to kill.
26d Noble, sooner than should be the case, ending like that (4)
A single word synonym of sooner than should be the case which has the last letter deleted (ending like that).
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75 years (and 3 days) ago, 617 Squadron of the RAF completed its first operational mission attacking the key dams in Germany. Memorialised in book, film, and music, here is the Dam Busters March composed by Eric Coates and played, including a choral finale, by the Auckland Symphony Orchestra (very appropriate given the Commonwealth complement in the Squadron’s aircrew):
The words of the choral finale can be found here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dam_Busters_March
Interestingly, as outlined in the Wikipedia article, the march was not a specially commissioned piece, it was just ‘something’ that Eric Coates had completed shortly before being approached by the film’s producers.