Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2975 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, yesterday, we completed the suite of November weather in October with FOG!
With the usual superlatives, Virgilius is somewhat benevolent this week, but a couple of clues required a little head scratching, for solving and hinting – about average for anagrams, two lurkers, and one partial homophone.
Candidates for favourite – 23a, 27a, 1d, and 9d.
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 Little time left in warm embrace is dear (60)
The abbreviations for time and left contained by (in . . . embrace) a synonym of warm.
10a Nothing in court contest producing true partnership (4,5)
The word for nothing in a game played on a court and a synonym of contest.
12a Tanker installing right navigational aid on computer (7)
A vehicular tanker containing (installing) the abbreviation for right.
13a American serving in pub using premises correctly, for example (7)
The two letter abbreviation for an American serving (or a serving American) contained by (in) a synonym for pub (and the premises aren’t buildings).
18a Origin of glow, a small lamp (8)
The first letter (origin) of Glow, A from the clue, the single letter for small, and a synonym of lamp.
23a Composer of the year as represented in pieces (7)
One way in which the year can be divided up (in pieces) represented in music by the answer.
27a Performer who needs to take a bow before starting (9)
An instrumentalist who needs a bow.
29a Partly why bridge is crossed? (6)
The second lurker (partly), the first is 25a, found in the middle of the clue.
1d Not in union — albeit, oddly, in organisation allowing it (8)
An anagram (oddly) of ALBEIT contained by (in) the abbreviation of one (religious) organisation that does allow unions.
3d Soft material that once formed cover for little jumper (9)
A natural material obtained from a young animal’s ‘outer layer’ – I am not sure about the use of jumper by Virgilius.
5d A most unfriendly conclusion about possible site of leg injury (8,6)
A from the clue, a (slightly strange) synonym for most unfriendly, and synonyms for conclusion and about.
8d It’s clear oddly deficient clues irritate (6)
A term for it’s clear (as in financial transactions) and the even letters (oddly deficient) of cLuEs.
9d Precious material pirate found under site of castle, we hear (8,6)
The surname of a fictional pirate after (found under) a homophone (we hear) of a the site of a castle in Scotland.
16d Popular rising still without courage or honour (9)
The short synonym for popular, a synonym of still reversed (rising) containing a synonym of courage.
19d In brief, part of speech is edited as suggested (7)
Abbreviated (in brief) versions of a part of speech and edited sandwiching IS from the clue.
23d Initially lacking merit, succeed as student (5)
The first letter (initially) of Lacking and a synonym of merit.
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For my 99th blog overall, 91st Sunday, Dame Cleo Laine is 91 years young today, here she is (from quite some time ago) with husband John Dankworth: