Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2996 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where the car seat warmer has been turned down from Regulo 4 to Regulo 1!
The benevolence continues, although not so much as last week, with the usual handful of anagrams, one lurker, and no homophones.
Candidates for favourite – 21a, 4d, and 5d (quite brilliant!).
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 Terribly sad caramel sauce (5,5)
An anagram (terribly) to start of SAD CARAMEL.
9a One now free, having defected from Tory party? (2-3)
A possible double definition, the first describes an individual who was being ‘entertained’ by HM.
12a Traveller taking duck round capital in Oman (7)
A type of (diving) duck with the capital (letter) of Oman inserted into it (taking . . . round) – a raised eyebrow when this one was written in.
17a Instant before dawn, when satellite disappears (7)
When Earth’s natural satellite disappears – not entirely astronomically correct.
19a One doesn’t believe suspect ultimately involved in a crime (7)
The last letter (ultimately) of suspecT contained by (involved in) A from the clue and a type of crime.
24a Soldier approaching favourite part of castle (7)
An (airborne) soldier and a synonym of favourite.
27a See mother juggling triplets, perhaps? (9)
An anagram (juggling) of SEE MOTHER.
28a Polished batting, timid catches (5)
A synonym of timid contains (catches) the two letter word that can mean batting.
30a Community ruling (10)
A reasonably straightforward double definition .
1d Worry what might be for dinner? (4)
Another possible double definition – see the illustration.
2d Security expert: hairdresser, quite possibly? (9)
Yet another possible double definition – the security expert specializes in devices.
5d From forty-five, one is over fifty! (7)
Start with one string of 9 letters (from) in the clue and rework it to another and you have solved an . . . (one is).
8d Nonsense written up on helpful types in school bullies (10)
A three letter synonym of nonsense reversed (written up) followed by (on) some helpful types.
14d Adjust as right number put in order (10)
An anagram (adjust) of AS RIGHT and a three letter number.
18d Very fired up with a passion for card game (9)
A synonym of very, a single word for fired up, A from the clue, and a synonym of passion.
21d Penalty or fine having taken out centre in match (7)
OR from the clue and FinE from the clue with its central letters removed contained by (in) a synonym of match.
23d Worth yours truly slowing down (5)
A pronoun for yours truly and an abbreviated form of a musical term for slowing down.
26d Growth in infancy, steady (4)
We finish with the lurker (in) found in the rest of the clue.
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Andrew Lloyd Webber was 71 on Friday. This is from an Andrew Lloyd Webber 50th Birthday Celebration Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 1998 (the RAH Organist appears to be having fun):