Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2953 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where we need a lot more rain than we have had so far this spring, wild fires have caused the evacuation of residents from remote Northern communities by float plane or Air Force Chinook and Hercules.
Another brilliant, or should it be def, and enjoyable offering from the Sunday maestro in a benevolent frame of mind – the usual number of anagrams (including partials), two lurkers, and two homophones, all in 27 clues. It was quite difficult to decide what clues to hint/not to hint on.
Joint favourites – 21a and 9d.
Congratulations to The Cottagers from SW6, back in the Premier League!
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 Happy after pawn’s taken in game (6)
A synonym for happy after the single letter for pawn.
10a In first act, I carefully established plan for play (6)
The first lurker (in . . . established) found in four of the words in the clue.
13a Aim to irritate people ahead of time, creating hazard (12)
Synonyms for aim, irritate, and people, followed by (ahead of ) the single letter for time.
16a Setting English novelist, as announced, for part of course (7,5)
A synonym of setting and the first homophone (as announced) of an English novelist – I can’t help thinking that there might be some comments on this one.
21a This part of body is in foot? Yes and no (4)
IS from the clue contained by (in) the abbreviation for foot.
23a Celebrated British rugby player transformed side (8)
A member of the touring British rugby team followed by an anagram (transformed) of SIDE.
25a Lead, perhaps, holding end of mission in mind (6)
What lead is an example of containing (holding) the last letter (end of) of missioN.
1d Deeply significant, as expert discovered (8)
A three letter synonym for expert and a synonym for discovered.
3d Writer having half a fish for breakfast, then another (7)
The first half of a fish that is often eaten for breakfast followed by another fish common in crossword land.
6d Fight opponents at bridge with noble monarch (9)
Two of the opponents in that card game, a nobleman, and Her Majesty’s regnal cipher.
9d Small weapon for jet fighter? (5,6)
A type of weapon that discharges a jet of liquid.
15d One thing female tries to dispose of on beach? It’s hard to say! (8)
One of the items that a female is trying to dispose of in a tongue twister (hard to say).
18d Supporter in camp is fellow central European? (3,4)
A synonym of fellow and the second lurker (central) in European.
26d Deceptive move by boxer that’s weak, we hear (5)
The second homophone (we hear) of a synonym of weak.
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Cilla Black was born on this day in 1943 (as Priscilla White). This is the first of her two number ones from 1964: