Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3002 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where Mother Nature has been ‘ringing the changes’ – the car seat warmer has been turned back on and we had fog on Thursday morning!
Benevolence continues with an average number of anagrams, with some unusual indicators as usual, one lurker, and three, yes three, homophones, in a symmetric 28 clues – although that is not obvious when you look at the ‘length’ of the printed clue lists – all helped by some oldies but goodies!
Candidates for favourite – 12a, 20a, and 3d.
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:
8a Sweet mug (4)
A straightforward double definition to start – the first is a dessert (sweet) usually made with (soft) fruit.
11a Oxford accent (6)
Another double definition, there are several today, check the illustration for the first.
12a A can coated with dark red metal (8)
A from the clue and a synonym of can all contained by (coated with) a dark red colour.
17a Careless on foot? Just the opposite? (7)
The opposite of on and a different part of the body.
20a Happy as a polar bear, but not as a penguin? (2,3,2,3,5)
An expression that gives an indication of where a polar bear lives but not where a penguin lives.
23a Beauty drunk and I found in people (8)
An anagram (drunk) of AND I contained by (found in) a synonym of people.
27a Child star on the radio? (3)
A homophone (on the radio) of a star.
28a Basic unit in half the dictionary? (4)
Consider a dictionary alphabetically – a big groan when the penny dropped on this oldie but goodie.
1d Croaky animal, we hear? (6)
A homophone (we hear) of a type of animal.
3d Possible location of panic button, illegal (5-3-7)
A double definition, the first is where a panic button might be located in, for example, a bank.
5d SOS! A first mate in stormy waters off Italy (6,2,7)
An anagram (stormy) of SOS! A FIRST MATE IN.
7d Beloved possession of Robin Hood, did you say? (4)
A homophone (did you say) of a weapon owned by (possession of) Robin Hood.
16d Rising shortly, dub knight, perhaps? (3)
A synonym of dub with its last letter removed (shortly) and reversed (rising).
19d Finally grasping conclusion of debate, if nothing else (2,5)
A (2,4) synonymic phrase of finally containing the last letter (grasping conclusion) of debatE.
21d Extract of ‘Chicago’, live rehearsal for musical (6)
The lurker (extract of) found in the rest of the clue.
24d Mountain range spread endlessly upwards (4)
A synonym of spread with its last letter removed (endlessly) and reversed (upwards).
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Mary Hopkin, born on May 3, 1950, with her number one hit from 1968: