Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2969 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where it is beginning to get quite autumnal and, yesterday, I started my day watching a very entertaining antipodean rugby international where it looked like the All Blacks were on another romp after two early tries but the Springboks were having nothing of it and hung on for a 36 – 34 victory with Nigel Owens at his very best in the middle (and no TMO calls).
Another mildly tricky puzzle from Virgilius this week; the high end of his typical number of anagrams, two lurkers, two homophonic clues, and one triple definition all in 27 clues.
Joint favourites – 25a and 18d.
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 In ruling over nation, do this (6)
We start with one of the lurkers (in), the other is 2d, found in three words in the clue.
10a Some Londoners, chaps that pull strings or are involved in rows (6)
The triple definition – the middle one is illustrated below.
11a Fancy women’s objective for that man (4)
The single letter for women and the accusative or objective male pronoun.
13a Numerical superiority compared with nine, oddly (12)
Don’t try selecting letters (oddly), an anagram (oddly) of COMPARED and (with) NINE.
20a Political skill, say, with naval requirements (10)
A synonym of say and a single word for naval (vessel) requirements.
22a Good scope for adventurous opening (6)
The single letter for good and a synonym of scope.
23a Issue about elderly relative being someone in altered state (8)
A synonym of issue containing (about) the short form of an elderly (female) relative.
25a Ancient European cutting a metal (3-3)
A from the clue followed by the single letter for European contained by (cutting) a (precious) metal.
1d Caught her daughter hugging a farmworker (8)
A synonym of caught, HER from the clue, and the single letter for daughter containing (hugging) A from the clue.
3d Practical attitude is required in field of study (7)
IS from the clue contained by (required in) a single word for field of study (BRB verified).
5d Live in grip of strongman from part of Asia (7)
A synonym for live contained by (in grip of) an ancient Greek.
7d Person in charge of records put together initially (6)
The homophonic sounding of two letters normally used to identify this person.
9d Fiendish types are reportedly in gallery for show (11)
A single word for some fiendish types followed by the letter sounding like (reportedly) are contained by (in) the favourite crossword gallery.
17d Agog with Conservative splitting left (7)
The single letter for Conservative contained by (with . . . splitting) a synonym of left.
18d Faithfully donating — write article about it (7)
A synonym for article containing (write . . . about) IT from the clue.
21d What’s loaded aboard vehicle before journey (5)
A type of vehicle followed by a short synonym for journey.
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A new approach this week, instead of looking for ‘only today’ events, I am expanding my search to Monday to Sunday so here is José Feliciano born on September 10, 1945 with a (better version?) song written by members of The Doors: