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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