Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2965 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where it is Day 4 of the best 4 Days of the Year (see my intro to DT 28820 for a full explanation) so I might not be able to respond to many of your comments.
At last, after I have no idea of how many weeks of trickiness, benevolence has returned, not even the double unches could spoil it! Virgilius has given us the usual number of anagrams, two lurkers, and one homophone, supported by a smattering of oldies but goodies.
Joint favourites – 9a and 14d.
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 Left on barge observed in city on canal (4,4)
The synonym of left on a barge (or any other nautical vessel) and a synonym of observed.
9a One large predator catching us? That’s not how it appears (8)
The single letters for one and large followed by a (feline) predator containing (catching) US from the clue.
13a Deem Tory right, perhaps? Right (8)
A three letter synonymic abbreviation for Tory, what right might be in terms of handedness, and the single letter for right.
16a Pronounced former PM sound as a bell (4)
The homophone (pronounced) of a former (19th century) prime minister.
17a Run into celebrity in film part (5)
The single letter for run contained by (into) a synonym of celebrity.
20a Wife in coat, or professional appearing in suit (6)
The single letter for wife contained by (in) a synonym of coat.
27a State manufactured articles after New Deal? (8)
An anagram (new) of DEAL and a single word for manufactured articles – you might think that the term for articles should be plural but the singular version is in the BRB.
28a Traitor imprisoned by brethren, e.g. a defector (8)
One of the lurkers (imprisoned by) found in the rest of the clue.
2d Finished twice? That’s not rare (8)
Two synonyms of finished.
3d Service provider who’s entitled to second chance in court (6,6)
A participant in a game that is hosted in SW19 for two weeks a year.
6d OK for shot, due about end of April (8)
A sporting term, a synonym of due containing (about) the last letter (end) of ApriL.
8d Reason name is on a line? Like hell it is! (8)
A synonym of reason (as a verb), the single letter for name, A from the clue, and the single letter for line.
14d Some bread? Yes (5)
The (very clever) second lurker, indicated by some, which is also a (slang) synonym of a slang usage of bread.
17d Dismiss carriage in dangerous situation (8)
A synonym of dismiss and a type of horse drawn two wheeled carriage.
19d Best possible example, or possibly worst, in boy’s grasp (4,4)
An anagram (possibly) of WORST contained by (in . . . ‘s grasp) of a synonym of boy.
25d A really incomplete claim (4)
A from the clue and a synonym of really with its last letter removed (incomplete).
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This is the best I can come up with as there are no decent birthdays or number ones this week – this one got to number two for Freddie and the Dreamers in 1963 (they never had a number one in UK):