Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2963 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, on Wednesday, Mother Nature thought it might be autumn with a start of the day temperature of 9 degrees then we returned to hot and humid with evening/overnight storms.
Virgilius, superlatives as usual, full trickiness, the usual number of anagrams, two lurkers, but no homophones.
Joint favourites – 26a and 12d.
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 Coming from abroad, one left on board falls in sea (8)
The single letter for one followed by the nautical (on board) term for left contained by (falls in) an abbreviated name for a sea.
10a Cut initial sources of needles (4)
A synonym of initial with its last letter removed (cut).
13a A pass from wing in the French game (8)
A from the clue and a single word for pass from wing (in football) contained by (in) French for the.
15a If a car is going astray, it has a horn (6)
An anagram (is going astray) of IF A CAR.
18a Belt, or other article of clothing or clobber (4)
A triple definition – see the illustration for the second.
23a Finding fault with service, enough to produce reaction (8,4)
Description of behaviour when finding fault and a church service.
26a What’s writ large for either Aphrodite or Artemis, or another Greek goddess (4)
The female possessive pronoun (for . . .) and the initial capital letter (what’s writ large) of either of the Greek goddesses.
28a Make little of sad tragedy, for instance (8)
A synonym of sad and what a tragedy can be a type of (for instance).
2d Animal is tangled up in large piece of canvas (8)
An anagram (tangled up in) of ANIMAL IS.
4d Name Gray had for Welsh poet (6)
The christian name of an English poet is the surname of a Welsh poet.
8d Part of French capital deposited with moneylender (4,4)
A synonym for deposited and an institutional moneylender.
12d Models act as crew that’s needed for shooting (12)
A synonym for models (for example, when applied to cars) and a two word (3,4) term for act as crew.
16d Job English medic set up that helps with deliveries (8)
A synonym for job followed by the reversal (set up) of the single letter for English and a three letter synonym for medic.
17d Like office trainees, perhaps, object over board’s conclusion (8)
A synonym for object (thing) followed by (over) the last letter (‘s conclusion) of boarD.
22d Follow performance with commercial break? (6)
A synonym of performance containing (with) an abbreviated synonym of commercial break.
25d Ruler producing line on circle — radius, then diameter (4)
The single letter for line, the letter that represents a circle, the single letter for radius, and the single letter for diameter.
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The Troggs on their second day of a two week run at number one (their only UK number one?) on this day in 1966: