Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2976 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where the weather and the month are now aligned and the solving and hinting of this puzzle was facilitated by the result of grapes being crushed three years ago.
As excellent as ever, Virgilius is mildly tricky this week – about average for anagrams, but no lurkers or homophones.
Candidates for favourite – 12a, 20a, and 13d.
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:
7a Minute place within continent, or part of it (8)
The single letter for minute, and a synonym of place inserted into (within) a continent.
10a Casual work not even taken by epitome of patience (3,3)
The single word for not even, and the OT individual who was the epitome of patience.
12a English writer in French city died surrounded by birds (7,7)
A (southern) French city and the single letter for died contained (surrounded) by sometimes domesticated birds.
17a Parking behind large vehicle, proceed on foot (5)
The single letter for parking after (behind) a type of large vehicle (that runs on rails).
20a Getting on with swimming group in Eton or Harrow, for instance (8,6)
A single word for getting on (onto a form of transport) and a term for a group of swimming creatures.
23a Artistic device that goes to Cockney’s head? (8)
Something that might be used when creating a smart appearance as used by a Cockney.
28a Survived cold temperature in Burgundy’s shade (8)
The single letter for temperature contained by (in) a two word synonymic phrase for Burgundy’s shade – thanks to stanXYZ and jane.
1d Sovereign, as well as foreign coin (4)
The single letter which can indicate a sovereign and a single word for as well as.
3d Piece of hook that’s said to wound others (4)
A double definition – the second is a verbal device.
5d See about cutting charge? It’s not straightforward (8)
One of the sets of usual two letters for about inserted into (cutting) a synonym of charge – thanks to Gazza for this one.
6d Endlessly leave mark on a carnival site as showbiz organiser (10)
A single word for leave mark with its last letter removed (endlessly), A from the clue, and the short name of a city (site) famous for its carnival.
13d Difficult for soldiers to penetrate after top of shell comes off (4-6)
The description of a breakfast item that might be considered ‘overcooked’.
16d Record of events in 1984, for example? (8)
A volume that records events in one twelve month period.
21d Work at changing tubs? Certain people don’t have them (6)
A synonym of work at and an anagram (changing) of TUBS.
26d Men on board audibly exulted (4)
A double definition to finish – the second is the past participle of a synonym of exult.
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Lulu was 70 years young yesterday, here she is with the iconic To Sir With Love, from 1967, which reached number one in Canada and the USA but only reached number 11 in the UK (this version was recorded in 1981):