Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2957 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where we welcomed Summer with a week of temperatures in the very high 20s and low 30s.
Another cranial workout but probably not as severe as last week. Absolute gems as usual, less than the usual number of anagrams, no lurkers, two homophones (one not hinted), double unches, and an answer that was also in yesterday’s prize puzzle (but different clueing).
Candidates for favourite – 11a, 7d, and 24d.
I get another opportunity to solve and hint a complete puzzle on Friday when I am the final ‘stand-in’ for Deep Threat before he returns from his expedition to who knows where.
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 Like green area — reverse of awful desert (8)
OF from the clue reversed (reverse) followed by an anagram (awful) of DESERT.
11a Reckoned without precision as a quietly expert team won game (12)
A from the clue, the single (musical) letter for quietly, a three letter synonym for expert, the Roman numerals often used for a team, and a term for winning a board game – phew!
13a Violent criminal ousting many from Germany full of dread (8)
GERMANY from the clue with the MANY removed (ousted) containing (full of) a synonym of dread.
15a Desired weight I lost (6)
The single letter for weight, I from the clue, and a synonym for lost.
17a Repeatedly strike for hard cash these days (5)
A double definition, the second refers to the fact that ‘one’ of the answer is no longer available in paper form – thanks to Rod and Gazza – see Comment 1.
21a Tear down line in protest before I shut up (8)
The single letter for line contained by (in) an abbreviated type of protest, I from the clue, and two letters that are equivalent to shut up.
26a Namely, short day in Rome (4)
The ‘full’ Latin expression for namely with the last letter removed (short).
28a Listen in when broadcast is left-wing, in a way (8)
An anagram (when broadcast) of LISTEN IN.
2d Otherwise name is inserted in personal record, as usual (8)
A two letter synonym for otherwise followed by the single letter for name contained by (inserted in) a type of personal record.
3d Complication with people following magical symbol not starting on time (12)
A synonym for people after (following) the symbol illustrated below with its first letter removed (not starting) and ending with the single letter for time.
4d Cheap tea — said where it may be found (6)
The single letter that sounds the same as tea (said) and a two word phrase (2,3) for where tea may be found.
7d This kept same text, ultimately? (4)
An editorial instruction created by the last letters (ultimately) of the rest of the clue.
12d Kiwi, for example, unfortunately trapped by European (12)
Not the bird (or the fruit) – a synonym for unfortunately contained (trapped) by a native of a European country.
17d Weed, before spring, having no room to grow (8)
A synonym for weed (as the recreational pharmaceutical) followed by a synonym for spring.
24d String for one part of CD (4)
The contraction of a phrase (1,2,1) which describes one part of CD.
25d First person killed in confused situation after leader’s removed (4)
A confused situation (with biblical origins) with its first letter removed (leader’s removed).
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Jeff Beck, one of the original Yardbirds, is 74 today. Here he is at The Iridium Jazz Club in New York, 8 years ago, playing a pair of tunes that you might not immediately associate with him: