Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3000 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very happy 93rd to HM and a very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, on Monday, we had white stuff in the morning and a thunderstorm with hail in the evening and then for the rest of the week we had true spring-like weather with highs in the mid-teens.
Today, a milestone in Sunday puzzling, my 116th consecutive blog and it’s also ST puzzle number 3,000. Dada showing us some benevolence with a higher than usual number of anagrams, two lurkers (one reversed), and one homophone, but no themed clues for Easter, in an asymmetric 28 clues..
Candidates for favourite – 3d and 8d.
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 Mess up and down (5)
A straightforward double definition to start, the second might be feathery.
4a House party in Turkey, not essential (5)
The usual two letter party inserted into TURkey with the synonym for essential removed.
11a Cloak in which to secrete an item of party food (6)
A type of cloak containing (in which to secrete) AN from the clue.
14a Paraphernalia in waste receptacles: harmful thing rejected earlier (7)
A single word for waste receptacles preceded by (earlier) a type of harmful thing reversed (rejected).
19a Article penned by poet, durable material (7)
An (definite) article inserted into (penned by) the surname of the poet, well known for his nonsense poetry.
23a Criticised — as roof may be? (6)
A double definition, the second refers to a particular type of roofing material.
24a Arbitrator made it complex, in other words (8)
An anagram (complex) of MADE IT followed by a single word for in other words.
25a Lions were interfering, did you say? (5)
The homophone (did you say?) of a single word for were interfering.
26a Changes seen in cast, I decided to retire (5)
The reverse lurker, the ‘regular lurker’ is 12a, (seen in . . . to retire) found in the rest of the clue.
2d Member gripping a racket first (7)
A body part (member) containing (gripping) A from the clue and synonym of racket.
3d Perks offered to hairdressers, quite possibly? (6,8)
A part of some hairstyles and a synonym of advantages – this has an air of familiarity about it.
5d Ineffective advice to prodigal? (7)
When written as (3,4) the answer becomes advice to prodigal.
8d Where relocated ring might be, however (2,3,5,4)
A double definition which should be easy enough to spot.
18d Vague description of mammoth? (6)
Another double definition, the second is a type of mammoth.
20d Harmonious relationship, having hit on kind of wine (7)
A synonym of hit followed by a type of (fortified) wine.
22d Face Manchester United, for example? (4)
A single word that can describe Manchester United.
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Desmond Dekker and The Aces at the end of a week at number one in April 1969: