Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2962 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, unlike some areas of the country (and parts of the UK), we have cooled down a little even to the point of a high of only 16 degrees on Wednesday.
Virgilius, superlatives once again, back to full trickiness, the usual number of anagrams, two lurkers, and one homophone.
Joint favourites – 1a and 6d.
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 Held by police, promise to settle score in full (7)
An acronym for a promise to settle score contained (held) by a plural term for police.
9a Classes struggle to show this theory in practice (7)
A theory developed by an individual who now ‘resides’ in Highgate Cemetery.
11a Gross and outlandish style in serious fashion (9)
A synonym of gross followed by an anagram (outlandish) of STYLE.
15a Guy that’s made tipsy by an island drink (9)
A double definition created from a synonym of guy, an anagram (‘s made tipsy) of THAT, finishing with AN from the clue.
17a State in North or West is opposed to wickedness (9)
The single letter for West, IS from the clue, a synonym for opposed to, and a synonym of wickedness.
23a Shoot ringleader in gang, troublemaker (9)
A synonym of shoot, the first letter (leader) of Ring contained by (in) a synonym of gang.
26a Man that’s chosen the ring that could be her gift (7)
An anagram (that could be) of HER GIFT.
28a Hear about princess that produces kid, say (7)
A synonym of hear (in court) containing (about) the name of a princess.
1d Appear to have nobbled favourite in attempt to win (7)
A synonym for appear containing (to have nobbled) a synonym for favourite.
4d Admiring remark about runner’s feats, on occasion (9)
When written (4,5) how one might express admiration for a runner’s feats – thanks to Jane and Gazza.
6d Signal location for crosswords (9)
A double definition – the second is not the back page (occasionally) but the whole thing.
7d Embed minute drawing of building in it (7)
The single letter for minute and a type of drawing contained by (in) IT from the clue.
16d Amateur in good shape as mercenary? Just the opposite (3-6)
A (3-3) term for amateur and a single word for in good shape gives the opposite of mercenary – I think.
20d Make one’s home outside a city in US (7)
A single word for make one’s home containing (outside) A from the clue.
23d Place for discussing record you heard inside (5)
A (slang) synonym of record containing (inside) a single letter homophone of you.
24d Front of bow, say, in launch (5)
The first letter (front of) Bow, an abbreviation of the Latin expression that can be used for say, and IN from the clue.
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Apparently written by whatsisname – The Byrds in the middle of two weeks at number one on this day in 1965: