Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2955 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where we are enjoying late spring/early summer conditions, although the high for today is forecast to be 30 degrees.
After benevolence last week, Virgilius is back to trickiness, but nothing like the tussle that we had with Mr Ron yesterday. Once again, less than the usual number of anagrams, only one lurker, no homophones, and one clue with a crickety element.
Candidates for favourite – 9a, 21a, 3d, and 12d.
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 Some hard stuff leading journalist finished (8)
One of my favourite ‘hard stuffs’ followed by (leading) the usual two letters for a jounalist.
9a Refuse to include in charge one person with authority (8)
A type of refuse (as in rubbish) containing (to include) the abbreviation for in charge and the single letter for one.
11a Hint about a loner’s dreadfully without human feelings (12)
A synonym for hint containing (about) an anagram (dreadfully) of A LONER’S.
15a It’s behind pupil revealing some secret inadvertently (6)
The lurker (revealing some) found in the last words of the clue.
18a Dated chap — desire unconsummated (4)
An old slang term (Chambers) created by a synonym for desire with its last letter removed (unconsummated).
21a Like wayward youth and young woman, shut up (8)
An honorific term for a young woman and a single word for shut up.
27a Nothing I included in payment for letter from faraway region (8)
The letter that might indicate nothing and a payment to a letter (of a property?) containing (included in) I from the clue.
28a What’s stressful about a resistance producing delay? (8)
A single word for what’s stressful containing (about) A from the clue and the single letter for (electrical) resistance.
2d Care endlessly given to musical composition (8)
A synonym for care with its last letter removed (endlessly) followed by (given) TO from the clue.
3d Recorder of numbers gives magical lessons? (12)
Someone who might be an ‘anorak person’ but when written as (6,6) might be giving lessons to one particular magician – a Virgilius gem!
4d Take place as chaps spend without limits (66)
CHAPS and SPEND from the clue with first and last letters removed (without limits).
8d Make winning move for friend out of work? (8)
A double definition (I think) – the second may relate to a friend not old enough to work rather than being out of work.
12d Thinking ahead, snap up article dividing Labour? (12)
An abbreviated synonym for snap (as in photograph) reversed (up) and A from the clue contained by (dividing) a term (4-4) that might describe a supporter of the Labour party – another Virgilius gem!
17d Some money difficulty in plague (8)
A synonym for difficulty contained by (in) a synonym for plague.
24d Wartime alliance having a boundary set up (4)
A from the clue followed by a number of runs in cricket that does not require the batsmen to move reversed (set up).
26d List that is like this, initially (4)
The initial letters of four words in the clue.
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As Ol’ Blue Eyes appeared to be appreciated when pommers used a video of him on Thursday, here he is again with a song that was in the middle of a three week run at number one on June 10, 1966 (although the video is not as old as that):