Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3003 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where seasonal temperatures have returned and the car seat warmer has been turned off again!
Two very entertaining European Rugby Cup Finals and an equally entertaining historic talk given by the Earl of Orkney (yes, there is one) provided a very good start to my weekend.
With this palandromically numbered puzzle Dada gives us an above average number of anagrams, with some unusual indicators as usual, one lurker, one reverse lurker, and no homophones.
Candidates for favourite – 9a, 15a, 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 Skate on thin ice and feel the heat? (4,4,4)
A double definition (I think) – the first is a synonymic phrasal equivalent of skate on thin ice.
9a A desire to join team next door (9)
A from the clue and a synonym of desire followed by (to join) a synonym of team.
11a At last, coldish animal is less cold maybe (6)
The ultimate letter (at last) of coldisH and the illustrated animal.
15a Owner of trunk, black: large carrier going abroad (5,3)
A nickname for an animal with a trunk and a synonym of black.
18a Lighter trains, so going off the rails? (8)
An anagram (going off the rails) of TRAINS SO.
21a Top location of Welsh bay (8)
A double definition – the first is an article of clothing (with buttons).
23a Increase pace, winning (4,2)
Synonyms of pace and winning.
28a Sad OAP brings invalid travel document (8,4)
An anagram (invalid) of SAD OAP BRINGS.
1d Breakfast chef possibly criminal (7)
A double definition – the second steals game.
3d Potential winner, aga great and powerful (9)
An anagram (potential) of WINNER AGA.
5d Body exposed — better explain? (5,3)
A synonymic phrase for body exposed.
7d Winger‘s bedtime drink? (8)
The time of day usually associated with bedtime and an informal synonym of drink.
14d Corn: capacity for another vegetable? (8)
Synonyms of corn and capacity.
16d Seeing red fish, first of trawlers going in (9)
A type of (Scandinavian) fish containing (going in) the first letter of Trawlers.
18d Performance limiting company’s approach (6)
A synonym of performance containing (limiting) the abbreviated form of company’s (including the possessive S).
22d Musical opening embraced by consort, nicely uplifting (5)
The reverse lurker (embraced by . . . uplifting) found in the rest of the clue.
25d Wine in Rioja’s tiresome (4)
The lurker (in) found in the rest of the clue.
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