Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2970 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where it has been a week to retrieve the sweaters from summer storage as the last days of summer were unseasonably cool and the first days of autumn will follow suit.
Even with some oldies but goodies, another tricky puzzle from Virgilius this week; the high end of his typical number of anagrams, one lurker, and one homophone in a well balanced set of 32 clues.
Joint favourites – 1a and 27a.
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 Solemn excerpt from clip of ace director (2-5)
We start with the lurker (excerpt from) found in the rest of the clue.
5a Flier‘s circuit with part of RAF (7)
A synonym of circuit and an organisational part of the RAF.
11a Fire hazard, thus ward off danger (5-4)
Written as (9), a term for something that could be a fire hazard.
12a Frenchman’s expression when making presentation (5)
A single French word used when making a ‘reveal’ in a presentation.
13a Final acts on board for some in crew (5)
A double definition – the first is related to RD’s favourite board game.
17a Change over years, say, in flying instrument (9)
A synonym of change containing (over) a synonym of years.
23a Unattractive, cold, and innocuous (9)
Ignore the commas as it is not a triple definition – the single letter for cold and a synonym of innocuous.
25a Ugly sight very well concealed in electronic product of mine (7)
A single word for very well contained by (concealed in) a single letter for electronic and the product of a type of mine.
28a Like John, Paul or George, isn’t taken in by cunning (7)
Not that John, Paul, or George – an informal form of isn’t contained by (taken in by) a synonym of cunning.
1d Spirit shown by an MP, tho’ with constituents in disarray (7)
An anagram (shown by . . . with constituents in disarray) of AN MP THO’.
3d Stuff in chapter about destiny (5)
The two letter abbreviation for chapter containing (about) a three letter synonym of destiny.
4d Rattle male in party with sudden attack (9)
The single letter for male contained by (in) a type of party (with music) and a type of sudden attack.
6d European place to keep wine event with flexible support (4,5)
The favourite European and one place where wine might be stored.
8d Start overlapping with lots in country (7)
A four letter word that may be the start of something with its last letter sharing the first letter of a synonym of lots.
17d Simple description of Higgins, as Eliza would say (7)
The homophone (as Eliza would say) of a term that Miss Doolittle might use to describe Mr Higgins.
18d US writer, author switching parts without energy (7)
An anagram (switching parts) of AUTHOR containing (without) the single letter for energy.
20d Poet‘s line, for example, is in French also (7)
The single letter for line, the Latin abbreviation of for example, and IS from the clue contained by a two letter French word that can be used to mean also.
24d City in which I am upset — is that so? (5)
Not sure about this one – the contraction of I am reversed (upset) containing (in which) a (1,2) response to is that so?
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Chas Hodges, of Chas and Dave, passed away yesterday, so, in memoriam: