Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2959 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where yesterday I went to an Air Show approximately 90 km west of Winnipeg which was most enjoyable except for the temperature of 33 degrees, felt like 44 degrees with humidity index.
Some more trickiness, hinting as well as solving, from Virgilius, it must be time for some benevolence. Less than the usual number of anagrams, one lurker, and no homophones.
Candidates for favourite – 23a, 5d, and 17d.
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 What’s good in dish topped with pastry covering? (6)
The single letter for good contained by (in) a dish that is topped with pastry with a synonym of covering to finish.
10a Short suit or vest being worn (97)
A synonym for vest and a single word for being worn.
13a Insert minute sketch in it (7)
The single letter for minute and a type of sketch contained (in) by IT from the clue.
18a Reverse as taken to heart by less polished campaigner (8)
AS from the clue reversed (reverse) and inserted into (taken to heart by) a single word for less polished.
23a Significant reason for not eating in restaurant (7))
Written as (2,5) a reason that one is unable to eat in a restaurant.
25a Male with an indication of scholarly achievement, not youth (7)
A synonym for male and an item of academic regalia.
28a Tired holding power supported by arms (8)
A synonym for tired containing (holding) the single letter for power and a single word for supported by.
29a Reached finish with no difficulty, breaking record (6)
A single word for no difficulty contained by (breaking) a type of (non-vinyl) record.
1d It’s addressed by message — other side often has a view (8)
An item sent in the mail that has the message and address side by side.
2d Non-specific info on Central American? (7)
A synonym for info and the central letters of American.
5d Endlessly wine and dine people in bar? Blow that! (4,10)
Wine and dine with their last letters removed (endlessly) and a synonym for people contained by (in) a type of bar.
6d Barely finished performance in sporting outfit (5)
A double definition, the second is a term for clothing worn by a sports team.
8d Present put on a tree, oddly (6)
A single word for put on, A from the clue, and the odd letters of tree.
17d Went hunting, as happened before (8)
Another double definition – the second might refer to an earlier event and the first is in the BRB.
19d Drink everything contained by overturned canisters (7)
The lurker (everything contained by) and then it’s reversed (overturned) found in the last word of the clue.
24d Triumphant cry from British dominating home game (5)
The single letter for British, the favourite two letter word for home, and a Chinese game – I am not quite sure why dominating is in the clue.
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The Equals, something of a one hit wonder – the song that includes the exhortation to ‘cook with gas’ (around 1′ 55″), at the end of the first week of a three week run at number one on this day in 1968: