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ST 3001 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3001 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, while recovering from (man) flu yesterday, I enjoyed watching Blues vs. Ospreys in the oval ball game, only marred by transplanted members of the BBC commentary team, and Delia Smith’s Canaries securing promotion to the Premier League in the round ball game

Today, with the start of the fourth thousand of ST puzzles, I will very quietly endorse the comment CS made in her review of ST 2999 on Thursday, Dada continuing to show us some benevolence with a higher than usual number of anagrams, still with some unusual indicators, two lurkers (one reversed), and one homophone, in a symmetric 32 clues.

Candidates for favourite – 1a, 11a, 16d, and 22d.

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 How to make a hole in finger (5)
Written as (3,2), how to make a hole (in the ground).

9a Wine lover three sheets to the wind, wild beast (9)
An anagram (three sheets to the wind – first unusual indicator) of WINE LOVER.

12a Looking retrospectively, some ignore talent in the future (5,2)
The reverse lurker (looking retrospectively, some) found in the rest of the clue.

13a Tall and spindly: describing bunch of hoodlums arguably? (6)
Take note of the ‘arguably?’ – pronounced slightly differently to the answer, how one could describe a bunch of hoodlums (if that was a true pronunciation, which I don’t think it is).

18a Shot at close distance, stray being caught — animal kept as pet? (8)
A (3,2) shot at close distance, in the game ruled over by the R&A, containing (being caught) a synonym of stray.

23a Slight delay at the centre, mailer claims (7)
A synonym of mailer containing (claims) the middle letter (at the centre) of deLay.

26a Reportedly wreck lift (5)
The homophone (reportedly) of a synonym of wreck.

27a Pulse to feel: gal dizzy (9)
An anagram (dizzy) of TO FEEL GAL (think vegetable as shown below).

29a Agitation involving a part of flight (5)
A synonym of agitation containing (involving) A from the clue.


1d Feathers OK, complete (9)
A term for a type of feathers and a synonym of OK.

3d Part of body perhaps painted by girl in work (7)
A girls name (becoming quite popular in crosswords) inserted into (in) a synonym of work.

5d White dress featuring blurred lines (8)
A synonym of dress (nautically?) containing (featuring) an anagram (blurred) of LINES – hic!

6d Group of cyclists exercise: large number working (7)
A two letter type of exercise, a single word for a large number, and a short synonym for working.

7d Muscle in sport I need, cut off! (9)
An anagram (off) of SPORT I NEEd with the last letter removed (cut).

16d Two classical elements in whisky (9)
There are four classical elements, choose two of them – Google them if you must.

19d Deal with a day shift? (7)
A from the clue, the single letter for day, and what shift can be a type of.

22d Boring, boring organ stops (6)
A synonym of boring containing (stops) a bodily organ.

25d Welsh lake consuming small wood (5)
The English name of the illustrated Welsh lake containing (consuming) the single letter for small.

The unhinted ‘forward’ lurker is 10a.

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29 comments on “ST 3001 (Hints)

  1. Enjoyable , tricky and clever offering today with some excellent clues and a couple of oldies .
    Difficult to pick one favourite but will single out IA for producing the biggest smile .
    Thanks to everyone

  2. This was quite approachable, apart from 18a, which I bunged in without being able to parse it. Thanks for the hint, Senf. I enjoyed 1d, 5d, 16d and 26a amongst the many clever clues so thanks to Dada.

  3. Usual tricky Sunday but doable with perseverance.
    Struggling with explaining 22d, the organ stops are puzzling me.
    Learnt a bit of geography in 25d which i have never heard of before.
    Bit more enjoyable than the usual Sunday slog.
    Thx for the hints

  4. 2.5*/3.5*. I found this very enjoyable and, in places, quite challenging. I’m even prepared not to complain about the vagueness of the girl in 3d because the surface of the clue is so good. The Welsh lake in 25d was new to me.

    11a was my favourite.

    Many thanks to Dada and to Senf, particularly for the parsing of 7d which completely eluded me.

    1. Goodness, I though you’d be foaming at the mouth over the girl in 3d!

      The Welsh lake will be very familiar to anyone who travelled on holiday to N. Wales prior to the construction of the A55 – I’ve been stuck in tailbacks there on many occasions.

  5. 1a raised a good laugh with which to start this unusually enjoyable Sunday challenge and in the end it became Fav. Claims in 23d a new one on me so that was a bung-in. Isn’t 3d girl a bit recherché in UK? Thank yous to whomever is Mysteron today and also to Senf.

  6. A must enjoyable Sunday puzzle with my only reservation being about 13a which definitely earned an ‘umm’.

    Took me an unbelievable length of time to register the ‘white dress’ in 5d so that gets a place on the podium along with 1a for its humour. My favourite and gold star winner was 16d although I much prefer brandy!

    Thanks to Dada and to Senf for a good set of hints. Ms Fitzgerald certainly enjoyed a long career.

  7. I was completely thrown by “white” in 5d, although I shouldn’t have been by now. I loved 1a. It tickled me pink. Thank you Dada and Senf.

  8. I can’t look beyond the excellent 11a for today’s favourite. 1a ran it close, as did the rekrul, and overall this was a delightfully tricky challenge for a Sunday morning.

    Many thanks Dada and Senf.

  9. Another fine Sunday thanks to Dada and Senf. I needed the hints for the final few in the NE. 4a had several possibilities until the hint pointed me in the right direction. The lady in 3d is more popular in crosswords and encountered much less often in the real world. Memo to self avoid 27a especially as it is very windy here at the moment🚶‍♂️💭

  10. Another enjoyable crossword this weekend! A steady solve of some interesting and amusing clues. 1a was my favourite for this reason.
    Thanks to Dada and to Senf for the hints.

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  11. This had everything in it for me that was a cracker of a puzzle…. made me think, was not over too quickly neither blinded me out . Three cheers Dada!
    Many thanks to D & Senf for review & hints.

  12. ***/***. An enjoyable puzzle with some tricky bits. The welsh lake came to mind immediately as when I was a young boy we used to stop here for a cup of tea on the way to Tenby. That’s about 60 years ago. My favourite was 1a. Thanks to Dada and Senf.

  13. After reading the favorable comments of last Sunday’s Dada, I decided to give this a shot. I did solve it but with some difficulty.
    My problem with Dada is how convoluted the answers are, it’s not just lateral thinking, you have to stand on your head.
    There were many that were great fun, 1a for instance, and others that were so clever, 11a and 18a, but others really made my head spin, 22d e.g.
    I knew the Welsh lake and the pulse, so no problems there.
    So, thank you Dada for my Sunday enjoyment, please don’t take that as a licence to return to your earlier ways. Thank you Senf for unravelling some of my answers for me.

  14. Solved 18a very quickly but couldn’t for the life of me work out why. Thank you SENF for parsing it for me. 28 a was rather fun wasn’t it? Perhaps my favourite.

    1. Anybody still out there? I’ve written an answer for 28a but can’t parse it at all. Wonderfully enjoyable puzzle.

      1. 28a Daisy’s passed on in my brother’s house (9)
        A type of daisy preceded by (passed) the ON from the clue all inside MY from the clue

  15. An enjoyable Sunday outing from Dada. I didn’t know 6d, so appreciated the nice clear wordplay to lead us home. Sundays are turning out quite nicely in the Telegraph now, aren’t they?

  16. Well I thought this could double as a toughie. I got there in the end but with some electronic help. Humph. Off to bed.

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