Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2954 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where, over the last ten days, we have sizzled in the low 30s and then cooled down to the middle/low teens, at least we have had some more welcome rain.
I think I am going to run out of superlatives, the Sunday maestro has done it again and in a very benevolent frame of mind – unless I have mis-counted, only two anagrams and one lurker, and no homophones, in a well-balanced 32 clues. I will leave it to others to count the number of insertions.
Candidates for favourite – too many to list.
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 Superlative ending in quintet is joyous (7)
The word ending that indicates a superlative contained by (in) the number in a quintet.
9a Object wrapped in torn old clothes (7)
A synonym for object (target) contained by (wrapped in) a synonym for torn.
11a Weapons poorly positioned in vessel carrying vital supply (9)
A synonym for poorly contained by (third time in three hints) (positioned in) a vessel found in the body – any comments/complaints on whether the vessel is a vessel should be addressed to Chambers.
15a Replacing fellow artist, finally, as singer? (9)
A two word (2,3) synonymic phrase for replacing, a synonym for fellow, and the last letter (finally) of artisT .
17a Rich high-flier? Stone me! (3-6)
A type of gemstone and the generic person taxing our brains right now.
23a Indicate some Europeans as upholders of standards (9)
A synonym for indicate (e.g. as marking in a document) and those who must be a cruciverbalist’s favourite Europeans.
25a Union leader shot in dramatic circumstances (7)
Someone who was assassinated in a theatre.
28a Doctor, new, observed to be rich (7)
One of the abbreviations for a doctor, the single letter for new, and a synonym for observed.
1d Body part receiving attention in class (7)
A single word for receiving attention contained by (in) a type of class.
4d Fanatic‘s taken out of context re mistake (9)
The lurker (taken out of) found in the rest of the clue.
6d Note always put in travel document? Just the opposite (4,5)
A musical note and a synonym of always contained by (put in) a type of travel document.
7d Thus article is about one African country or another (7)
A synonym of thus and one of the indefinite articles containing an African country.
16d It signals danger with shooter crossing a line (4,5)
A generic term for shooter (as in an article used to shoot with) containing A from the clue and the single letter for line.
18d Exercised short time, then showered (7)
The abbreviation (short) for time followed by (then) a synonym for showered.
21d Celebrity framed by parent as scoundrel (7)
A synonym for celebrity contained by (framed by) the male parent.
24d Having no faith in search for metals, including silver (5)
A method used to search for (precious) metals containing (including) the chemical symbol for silver.
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Given what begins on June 14th in Russia, on June 3, 1970 this was at the end of a 3 week run at number one: