Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2961 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where our heatwave and occasional overnight storms continue to continue.
Virgilius, superlatives as usual, less tricky than the last few weeks assisted, I think, by some oldies but goodies, more than the usual number of anagrams, no lurkers or homophones.
Candidates for favourite – 4a, 21a, 6d, and 9d.
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 Right to vote, having abandoned his country (6)
A single word for right to vote with HIS removed (having abandoned).
4a Indian quickly protecting leader of Hindus (6)
A synonym of quickly containing (protecting) the first letter (leader) of Hindus.
8a No human is so sinful without guilt, ultimately (8)
A single word for so sinful containing (without) the last letter (ultimately) of guilT.
12a Aid for maritime safety easily carried by legislative body (10)
A word that indicates that an object can be carried easily followed by a single word for legislative body.
16a Over a short time, change discussion (12)
A synonym for a change containing (over) A from the clue and the single letter for time.
21a It may be up in the air pending 50/50 decision (4)
A metallic object that can be used in decision making.
23a Artist at home applied layer of paint that’s waterproof (8)
The usual two letters for artist, the usual short word for at home, and a single word for a layer of paint.
25a Bright and breezy, initially, then wet (6)
The first letter (initially) of Breezy followed by (then) a term for meteorologically wet.
1d Close friend‘s loud question about my veracity? (8)
The single letter for musically loud and a three word phrase (2,1,4) that is a question about my veracity.
3d With no end in view, can talk, and in European language (7)
Remove the last letters (with no end in view) of three words in the clue which are then combined.
6d Agreement producing new line in outerwear (9)
The single letter for new and a type of line contained by (in) a type of outerwear.
7d Sort of scan he or she can get ready for (6)
An anagram (sort of) SCAN HE or SHE CAN.
9d Money left — for example, change covering tip (5,6)
Lego time – the single letter for left, the abbreviation of the Latin of for example, and a synonym of change containing (covering) a synonym of tip.
17d New energy eclipsing old source of fossil fuel, as somebody proposed (7)
The single letters for new and energy containing (eclipsing) the single letter for old and a source of fossil fuel.
18d Join, in a way, including one enlisted man (7)
A method of joining metallic items containing the single letter used for one.
21d They grow prickly about start of play (5)
The single letter used for about and the beginning section (start) of a play.
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Another one from The Rolling Stones; their very first number one at the end of its only week at number one on this day in 1964 (Sir Michael Jagger before he acquired that ‘weathered’ look):