Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2974 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where it is still November in October except for Thursday when we had a day of August in October and broke a 104 year old record for October 18th with a temperature 23.6 degrees! Unfortunately, your blogger could not enjoy the ‘tropical’ conditions as he was attending an all day Engineering Conference!
The usual superlatives – six anagrams, but two are partials, two lurkers – a single and a double, but no homophones.
Joint favourites – 22a and 8d.
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 Left inside after first of rustics makes witty remark (10)
The single letter for left inserted (inside) after the first letter of a collective noun for rustics.
10a Foreign character not favouring Italian wine (7)
A three letter word for a foreign (alphabetic) character and a single word for not favouring.
14a North American city has some power returning in old area (6)
A unit of power reversed (returning) and contained by (in) the single letters for old and area.
15a Mathematician, for example, having come back and cracked theorem (not hard) (8))
The abbreviation of the Latin expression for say reversed (having come back) and an anagram (cracked) of ThEOREM without the H (not hard).
17a Large part of one’s inheritance — get excited when it’s cut (8)
I had to think long and hard about this one – a single part of one’s (biological) inheritance and a single word for get excited with the last letter removed (when it’s cut).
22a Have no place for speaker I endlessly label lazy (13)
A single word for have no, place for speaker written as (1,4), I from the clue, and a synonym of label with the last letter removed (endlessly).
26a Something to eat in food I shared is here, sooner or later (4)
The double lurker, the single is 19a, (in . . . sooner or later) found in the rest of the clue.
27a Typo led men astray in preparation for battle (10)
An anagram (astray) of TYPO LED MEN.
1d Man captured, moving rook in advanced position on board (4)
The three letter abbreviation for a captured man (soldier) containing (moving . . . in) the single letter for rook in RD’s favourite game.
3d Somehow hears about cold war tirade that allows the force to go in (6,7)
An anagram (somehow) of HEARS containing (about) the single letter for cold, WAR from the clue, and a synonym of tirade.
5d Place for relaxation or enjoyable activity, in short, on ship (8)
An abbreviated form (in short) of a single word for enjoyable activity followed by (on) a type of ship.
8d What we need to survive — paper money? (5,5)
An informal term for a type of paper and a slang term for money.
11d In stupid way, securing degree, as expressed in particular language (13)
A single word for in stupid way containing (securing) an advanced degree.
18d Core family member having upset top couple and me, royally (7)
A family member with its first two (top couple) letters reversed (upset) and how the Queen might say (royally) me.
21d Convenient American energy extracted from coal, say, and sent North (6)
One of the two letter abbreviations for American and what coal is a type of with the single letter for energy removed (extracted) and moved up (sent North – it’s a down clue) in the answer.
23d Worst as verb, not as adjective (4)
A synonym of worst as a verb, but not as an adjective.
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Manfred Mann, the person not the group, born Manfred Sepse Lubowitz, is 78 years young today and here is the group with a Number 2 Hit from 1965 (apparently it was written by whatsisname, but I found that out after I selected it):