Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2973 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where November in October continues.
Sheer Virgilius brilliance! A low number of anagrams, one homophone, but no lurkers. The problem was what not to hint.
Favourites – I could incur the Wrath of Kath and list all 30 clues, but I will settle for nominating the following candidates – 23a, 6d, and 12d.
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 Got a loan outside bank, interest-free? (8)
A single word for interest free (lacking interest in what is going on) containing (outside) a synonym of bank.
11a Man’s covered by notice I check and copy — stick with it (8,4)
The male pronoun and the contraction of IS contained (covered) by the brief abbreviation for a notice, I from the clue, and three-letter synonyms for check and copy.
13a Malinger, albeit poorly in earliest stage (8)
An anagram (albeit poorly) of MALINGER.
16a Service area set back a long way away (4)
A military service (the one I was in) and the single letter for area all reversed (set back).
17a Stranger not even seen by monarch (5)
The antonym of (not) even followed by (seen by) HM.
20a Something played in time by title-holder? (6)
The single letter for time placed after (by) where the title of a book may be seen.
23a Male lawyer of bad repute in East producing general panic (4,8)
The single letter for male followed by a term for a bad lawyer inserted into (in) the continent in the East.
26a Part of Southern England understood in North (4)
A double definition – the second is the past participle of a synonym of to understand (yes, it is in the BRB).
28a Primate, in practice, preceded by bishop, say (8)
A synonym of (military) practice after (preceded by) a term for a bishop on a board.
(I avoided using an illustration showing the colourful posterior.)
2d Caught learner initially exiting big intersection on other side (8)
The first letters (initially) of Caught and Learner deleted from (exiting) a type of (highway) intersection popular in North America.
5d Early deposits, we hear, in regular payment (4)
A homophone (we hear) of moisture deposits.
6d Dangerous striker in the box, one grabbed by Scottish player (3,5)
The two letter abbreviation for the item informally referred to as ‘the box’ and the single letter for one contained (grabbed) by a Scottish (instrument) player.
7d Funding a grand opera? Doesn’t sound like it! (4)
A synonym for funding and A from the clue.
12d Rogue, leader of thieves, Russian forger? (12)
The first (leader) letter of Thieves and a potential forger of Russian currency.
16d Meeting, with skill, covering disorder up (8)
A single word for with skill containing (covering) a synonym of disorder reversed (up).
17d Remote lake Stanley finally found in expedition (8)
The single letter for lake and the last (finally) letter of StanleY contained buy a synonym of expedition.
19d Somebody else supported by a line? Only in theory (8)
A (3,1) statement of somebody else, a two letter word for supported by, A from the clue, and the single letter for line.
25d Theorem regularly selected for school period (4)
Letters regularly selected from the first word of the clue.
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Justin Hayward, of the Moody Blues, is 72 years young today. This is Nights in White Satin, apparently written after he had received a gift of satin bed sheets from his girl friend, and includes a superb flute solo from Ray Thomas and a very good orchestral finish. I think this was recorded in the Royal Albert Hall as I did catch a glimpse of what looked liked the ‘acoustic mushrooms.’