Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2977 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where ice is starting to form on the rivers and we are rapidly heading for the period of a few months when our maximums are all minuses.
Welcome to what I am reliably informed is the 536th and, as we know, the final Sunday offering from Virgilius – superbly excellent to the end, slightly above average for anagrams (but three are partials), one lurker and no homophones, with some double unches.
Some answers relate to the occasion – in his 16d Virgilius says 1a and 8d 28a.
Now for some fun crossword trivia – I am also reliably informed that Virgilius is only the third Sunday Telegraph setter in its 57 years and 9 months history.
Joint favourites – 11a and 12d – two very fine charades.
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 Most of the UN okay changing response in present situation (5,3)
An anagram (changing) of THe with its last letter removed (most of) and UN OKAY.
11a What those in charge do to allow judge to cover offence retrospectively (12)
Synonyms for allow and judge containing (to cover) a type of offence reversed (retrospectively).
15a Pass line entering English part of church (6)
The single letter for line inserted (entering) into the single letter for English and part of a church.
17a Great heat shown in temperature scale, invariably (5)
The single letter for one of the temperature scales and a (perhaps slightly stretched) synonym for invariably.
20a Wielder of rod showing irritation about student (6)
A type of irritation containing (about) a single letter that can be used for a synonym of student.
23a So captain set out for remote base on round-the-world trip (5,7)
An anagram (out) of SO CAPTAIN SET.
27a Bearer of terse report from crazy and diabolical situation (8)
A synonym of crazy and a single word for a diabolical situation.
28a Without exception, people held by police very on edge (8)
The lurker (held by) found in the rest of the clue.
2d In mess, card out of order, use this instead? (4,4)
An anagram (out of order) of CARD contained by (in) a synonym of mess.
3d Unlike most things sold in bars, like chocolate (3-9)
How one might describe a bar of chocolate which is not what most things sold in bars are.
5d Supported by leaders of union, picket office next (4)
Initial letters (leaders) of four words in the clue.
6d It makes the speaker promise to embrace new ties, for example (8)
The objective pronoun to indicate the speaker and a synonym of promise containing (to embrace) the single letter for new.
12d Fool you finally call in bank in sympathetic way (12)
A synonym of fool, the last letter (finally) of yoU, and a synonym of call all contained by (in) a synonym of bank (as in depend).
16d Small pale child good giving ultimate performance (4,4)
The single letter for small, a synonym of pale, a (male) child), and the single letter for good.
22d Fine service, including baked dish for each person (6)
A single word for a fine service (in a court game) containing (including) a single word for a baked dish.
25d Showing skill in piece of furniture (apart from first time) (4)
A piece of furniture with its first letter (apart from first) removed which happens to be the single letter for time.
Thank you Mr Greer; it has been a great pleasure to blog the last 93 of your Sunday puzzles – Senf.
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For this Remembrance Day (no apologies, it’s the same as last year), The Central Band of the Royal Air Force – The Evening Hymn, Last Post, and Sunset:
(If you see a Mickey Mouse in the top LH corner, that is YouTube (I think it is the logo of the person who posted it), and I wish I knew the code to suppress it, if there is one.)