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ST 2967 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2967 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we have had some very welcome rain on several days, especially as, except for Friday, it fell overnight and this weekend there is another unnecessary reason to drink beer and eat burgers and hot dogs as it is the Labour Day holiday tomorrow.

The trickiness that returned last week remains;  with the usual superlatives, Virgilius has given us the usual number of anagrams, one lurker, and two homophones.

Joint favourites – 10a and 5d.

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 Piece in job lot totally smashed(6) (newspaper/web site version) or Brahms and Liszt initially — with German king (6) (I-pad app version)
We start with the lurker (piece in) found in the rest of the clue (newspaper/web site version) or The first letters (initially) of the two composers followed by a favourite German king.

4a Angry start of barking? Armorer might make a bolt for it (8)
A synonym of angry followed the start of a childish word used to signify barking (the American spelling in the clue is what was on the web site).

11a Person who has minimal basic education about West (5)
A single element of basic education containing (about) the single letter for West.

13a Survive, like person asked to turn off light? (7)
Swap the words of a phrase which, written as (4,3), is who might be asked to turn off the light.

14a Source of mast that’s come ashore, we hear (5)
The first homophone (we hear) of a single word for come ashore.

18a Fish restricted area around island, one in Med (8)
A type of fish with the last letter removed (restricted) and the single letter for area containing (about) the single letter for island.

25a In a word, suggest piece of music to study first (7)
A synonym of study before (first) a piece (the smallest piece) of music.

29a Musician with piano accompanying film (6)
The single letter for piano and a synonym of film.


1d President with term of endearment for tree-hugger (4-4)
The surname of numbers 41 and 43 and a term of endearment that is also a small child (and I don’t think the answer is an environmentalist).

5d Play, for example, we hear, with appropriate set (5,9)
How one might enjoy a drama production when at home, for example.

7d Not worthy of hospital, after instruction to avoid untidiness (7)
The single letter for hospital after an instruction (2,4) to avoid untidiness.

9d Badly ruining one team sport for upwardly mobile types (14)
An anagram (badly) of RUINING ONE TEAM.

17d Navigational aid provided by some Europeans sailor follows (4,4)
Some of our favourite Europeans followed by a favourite sailor.

19d Highly moving letters from survivor he heard (3,4)
The second homophone (heard) of a survivor who is a beneficiary and a synonym of he.

22d Observes a weight go up and down (6)
A synonym of observes, A from the clue, and the single letter for weight.

24d Look into prisoner that may be part way through sentence (5)
The archaic form of look inserted in (into) a synonym for prisoner.

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42 comments on “ST 2967 (Hints)

    1. I rather like that alternative clue for 1a. It would have been my choice as favourite had it been in the newspaper version.

      1. Perhaps, but the first part of the clue is Cockney rhyming slang for a word that is then a synonym of the answer – a bit of a ‘chain’, is that totally permissible?

        Plus what Gazza says below.

    2. Thanks neveracrossword – hint for 1a revised, not easy to do when my eyes aren’t fully open!

      (The website version appears to be unchanged.)

      1. I’m puzzled by the iPad version of the clue. Unless it’s meant to be an all-in-one (and I can’t see how it can be) the first three words of the clue seem to be doing double duty as both definition and part of the wordplay.

  1. 3* / 5*. Nicely challenging and hugely enjoyable as ever. I created some problems for myself in the SE corner by initially putting in a completely plausible but incorrect second word for 5d.

    11a was my favourite.

    Many thanks to Virgilius and to Senf.

  2. Well, that was good! Some clever and amusing clues. I thought I was going to have trouble but brain clearly working well today.

    Off to see Watford play Spurs later. Could be another nail biting afternoon: or it might be down to earth with a bump.

  3. One of the disadvantages of cruising in the Adriatic is the difficulty in getting hold of a Daily Telegraph! Nice to get back in harness albeit with an ‘aeroplane cold’ and a pile of washing. Thanks for getting the brain working again.

  4. Another excellent Sunday puzzle. Favourite clue 11a, followed by 9d.

    Many thanks to Virgilius and to Senf.

  5. Super puzzle with two of the best clues for me for a long time in 10a and 13a, so clever and both made me smile. Even though I have answers to all I just cannot parse 8d, it’s driving me potty. Must be obvious but I just can’t see why my answer is correct if indeed it is!
    Thx to all

    1. 8d The definition is “friendliness” – an anagram (wrong) of “WHAT” is part of the wordplay.

  6. This was over so quickly last night I almost thought it was not by Virgilius. Nevertheless very enjoyable, so */*** for me. 20a and 28a tied for first place in the “brought a smile” department. Thanks to all. Now for Day 4 of the Test – thankfully we can get TMS Live over here without the need for a VPN.

  7. That called for plenty of application but it was certainly worthwhile as there was plenty of fun to be had along the way. Can’t imagine why but 9d was last to go in. Can’t see where minimal basic education comes into 11a. 23a seems recently to have made several appearances in various guises. 13a was definitely Fav for me. Thank you Virgilius and Senf.

    1. 11a If a basic education is reading, writing and arithmetic then a minimal version would be just …

  8. The final clue for me was 10a after the penny dropped with 11a. Comments already listed concerning 1a I agree with. I too have the IPad version of this crossword. After a slow start, I began to read the setter’s thought process. Thanks to all bloggers who comment regularly. I enjoy reading them.

  9. Very enjoyable, as always. Took me a while to spot the lurker. 11A is my stand-out. Thanks Senf and Virgilius.

  10. Good stuff as usual. If I’m allowed to say so, 13a reminded me of Neil Kinnock depicted on the front of the Sun ‘newspaper’ during a general election some years ago. Enjoy the rest of the weekend all.

  11. West went in quite well struggled a bit more in the east. Forgot to turn 13a around which made 5d and 7d last in. I needed quite a few hints to finish so Thanks to Senf and Virgilious.

  12. Don’t do the Sunday puzzle on a regular basis but having done it the past couple of weeks I now realise it’s probably the best and most entertaing puzzle of the week, and also very consistent in its quality. Loved this one again from Virgilius another top puzzle with just the right amount of trickery for me. Last in 25a and needed BRB to verify that, 15a also eluded me for a good while until the checkers were in. Think the Sunday puzzle will now be a must do?

    Clues of the day: 1a / 10a / 13a

    Rating 3.5* / 5*

    Thanks to Senf and Virgilius

  13. 1a my favourite clue from the usual excellent collection of candidates on a Sunday. This was pleasantly challenging and hugely enjoyable. Completed while listening to a nerve-shredding finale to the test match, so it took a little longer than necessary.

    Thanks Virgilius and Senf.

  14. ***/****. Quite a few head scratchers but complemented with smiles once the answers became clear. 10&11a were my favourites. Thanks to Virgilius and Senf.

  15. Stop/start for me today due to late night celebrations, dog walking , travelling to daughter’s home , dismantling wardrobe, trip to recycling centre , late lunch , etc etc .
    Home again and enjoyable crossword completed finally , iPad 1A COTD just ahead of several others .
    Still buzzing from yesterday’s final bowls match where we beat the perennial league champions to maintain our position in the top division . Stuff of fairy tales with old men “dancing” in celebration .
    Thanks to everyone .

  16. Very, very tricky today! I had to refer to Senf’s hints to get me going again halfway through. Watching the US Open didn’t help with the concentration, especially as Cute Buns is on now.
    Loved so much of this, I think 11a was outstanding, though many more were smile worthy.
    Thanks to Virgilius and to Senf for his hints and tips.
    In the midst of a nascent hurricane, thundery and teeming with rain, they reckon it’ll form in the gulf.

  17. Slow to start and needed the hints to finish, but quite enjoyed the exercise anyway. Got mostly there over breakfast, but needed to return at lunch to complete. Last in was 15a, and 10a was a hold out for the longest time. Couldn’t see the wood for the trees. Thanks to setter and Senf. An agreeable Sunday puzzle.

  18. Ha! I loved it. Sorry Hoofit – horses for courses and all that.
    1a and 10a joint faves.
    Thanks to Virgilius, and to Senf for the hints.

  19. Oh dear – really tricky – haven’t done a crossword since Thursday but is it really possible to get out of practice so quickly?
    All kinds of things went wrong – they were all my fault.
    It’s too late now and I’m too tired to go on at length, just for once.
    I loved 1a, even though I missed its ‘lurkiness’ for ages, and 1d was my favourite – tree hugger :roll:
    Thanks to Virgilius and to Senf.

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