Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2971 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +
A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where the last week of September has felt more like the last week of November with single digit temperatures and small amounts of the white fluffy variety of precipitation. Yesterday was an ideal day for ‘staying in’ and watching another entertaining antipodean rugby international, although it did get a bit scrappy at the end, between the Springboks and the Wallabies which the Springboks won 23-12. So, in the final round of ‘The Rugby Championship’ next week, the Wallabies will take on the Pumas, in Argentina, for the ‘Wooden Spoon’ while the All Blacks will probably finish up as Champions
Even with double unches, which I did not notice until I had completed solving, benevolence has returned; Virgilius has given us the high end of his typical number of anagrams, two lurkers, some multiple definitions, but no homophones.
Joint favourites – 13a and 3d.
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 For each boy a large kind of computer (8)
Lego to start – a single word for for each, a synonym for boy, A from the clue, and the single letter for large to finish.
9a My off-putting statement for someone not in good faith? (8)
Written as (1,2,5) a slightly clunky phrase which can mean to put something off.
13a As herald of spring, wintry weather event? (8)
Written as (4,4) a wintry event although the second word is not typically used hence the ? at the end.
16a Daily fare from Tallahassee, Florida fell, finally (4)
The last letters (finally) from the rest of the clue placed in sequence.
20a Piece in game removed from board, ominously (6)
The first lurker, the other is 7d, (removed from) the end of the clue.
21a Biddable? Constrained by old inclination, pass (8)
A synonym of pass contained by (constrained by) the single letter for old and a synonym of inclination.
26a Landed, advanced, and fired (4)
Not the triple definition I thought it was – the single letter for advanced and a synonym for fired.
28a Preparing last piece of poetry in literary event (8)
The final letter (last piece of) poetry inserted into (in) a type of literary event.
2d Exhibits, for example, as central idea in show (8)
The central letters of iDEa contained by (in) a synonym of show.
3d Blocking or playing for time — nothing novel in that (12)
The letter that indicates nothing and a synonym of novel contained by (in that) a single word for playing for time.
5d Vehicle‘s fuel used up covering motorway (4)
A three letter fuel reversed (used up) containing (covering) the single letter for motorway.
8d Do some needlework over time, note (8)
A type of needlework containing (over) the single letter for time.
12d Account in personal record that’s distracting (12)
A synonym of account contained by (in) a type of personal record.
17d More than anything else, duck meat in lab going bad (5,3)
A crickety duck and a type of meat contained by (in) and anagram (going bad) of LAB.
22d Mystery in game, possibly, e.g. man I exchanged (6)
An anagram (possibly) of IN GAME which is also an anagram (exchanged) of E.G. MAN I.
25d A container that’s not closed (4)
A from the clue and a type of (glass) container.
As this is a Prize crossword, please don’t put any ANSWERS, whether WHOLE, PARTIAL or INCORRECT, or any ALTERNATIVE CLUES in your comment.
Please read these instructions carefully – they are not subject to debate or discussion. Offending comments may be redacted or, in extreme cases, deleted. In all cases the administrator’s decision is final.
This week there is an abundance of artistes with birthdays between the 23rd and 30th so I asked my ‘video tester’ to make a selection. As a result, I am not responsible for the fact that today we have an artiste born and raised in Winnipeg!
And, to be fair, my ‘video tester’, was not aware of that fact when the selection was made.
Randy Bachman was born in Winnipeg on September 27, 1943, here he is with the other members of Bachman Turner Overdrive: