Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2966 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, yesterday, I watched a very entertaining (tape delayed) antipodean rugby international on TV. For 38 minutes, The Wallabies managed to match The All Blacks, but, from that point on, The All Blacks went into overdrive and ran out 40 – 12 winners – interestingly all the points were from tries and conversions.
Well, after benevolence last week, it is back to trickiness but perhaps not as tricky as some of the recent puzzles in that category. Virgilius has given us the usual number of anagrams, two lurkers, no homophones, and some unusual words all in 28 clues.
Joint favourites – 15a and 13d.
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 Lack of confidence as result of scrutiny, i.e. being mistreated (10)
An anagram to start (as result of . . . being mistreated) of SCRUTINY I.E.
10a Spy many years in captivity (7)
A fictional spy and a single word for many years.
14a Fire about ten main people finally, in addition (6) (web site (and app?) version) or Frank as diarist about what’s at heart of Brexit extension (6) (newspaper version)
A three letter synonym for fire containing (about) the last letters (finally) of teN maiN peoplE or The first name of a famous diarist containing (about) two letters in the centre (at heart of) Brexit.
15a Motorist accommodating old reveller (8)
A two word phrase (3,4) for motorist containing (accommodating) the single letter for old.
17a I had reversed pieces of proof, creating problems (8)
The reversal of the contraction of I had followed by a single word for pieces of proof (new to me but it is in the BRB).
22a Fiend runs into position for protest (13)
A synonym of fiend followed the crickety abbreviation for runs contained by (into) a synonym of position.
24a Experienced kind of doctor managed without drug (7)
An abbreviated form of a type of doctor and a synonym of managed containing (without) the single letter used for a recreational pharmaceutical.
27a Cost raised after Charlie’s replaced, banished from company (10)
Concatenate the first two words of the clue and relocate the letter represented by Charlie in the phonetic alphabet.
1d Uncertain short time after leader is removed (4)
A single word for a short time with its first letter (leader) removed.
4d Snappy answer is concerning, and wrong (6)
The two letters used for concerning and a type of wrong (as a noun).
5d Protection for furniture cut from suitable material (5,3)
One of the lurkers (cut from), the other is 19a, found in the remaining words of the clue.
7d Husband wearing suit in warm indoor locations (7)
The single letter for husband contained by (wearing) a suit in a pack of cards.
13d North of port, two letters he has delivered (6,4)
How one might describe the composition of (two letters) the pronoun he placed before (North of) an English port.
16d Rushing south where invader was engaged in battle (8)
A synonym of rushing and the single letter for South (not necessarily the first synonym that would come to mind for rushing).
20d First in school, except when not bright, naturally (7)
The first letter of School and a synonym of except.
23d Work in college, mainly, or kind of farm (4)
The type of ‘work’ that is done in a college with the last letter removed (mainly).
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