Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3004 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we have a holiday weekend to celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday!
A definite lack of benevolence from Dada today, with an above average number of anagrams (although two are partials), with some unusual indicators as usual, one lurker, and one homophone.
Candidates for favourite – 8a, 10a, and 9d
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:
7a Company working to split proportion of profit — that’s hairy and tough! (7)
The usual abbreviated form of company, and a short synonym of working inserted into (to split) a single word for proportion of profit.
8a Old chip halved inside cheese roll (7)
The single letter for old and half of the word CHIP from the clue inserted into (inside) a type of (soft) cheese.
10a Crazy reason one’s attached to the train (10)
Synonyms of crazy and reason.
12a Boy admitting defeat where terms are laid out (8)
A boy’s name containing (admitting) a synonym of defeat.
19a Eat, tongue-in-cheek by the sound of it? (6)
The homophone (by the sound of it) of a (2,4) phrase that can mean tongue-in-cheek.
22a Feature of Sicily has some cachet, naturally (4)
The lurker (has some) found in the rest of the clue.
23a Old playwright: is he afraid of Santa? (4,6)
A single word for the time when Santa visits and a term for someone who is afraid.
26a Possible reason for dropping it in juice (7)
IT from the clue contained by (in) a (savoury) type of juice(?).
1d No clarity initially in spy lens (7)
NO from the clue and the first letter (initially) of Clarity inserted into (in) a type of spy.
4d Having secured contract finally, author in need of a drink (5,3)
The surname of an English author containing (having secured) that last letter (finally) of contracT followed by (in need of) A from the clue.
5d Composer not me, unfortunately: another composer (10)
An anagram (unfortunately) of NOT ME followed by another composer.
9d Yellow bloom, as it happens, crimson (4-7)
A type of flower (bloom), a single word for as it happens (relating to a TV broadcast?), and what crimson is a type of.
16d Rhea, for example, bird on a headland (8)
A small three letter bird, A from the clue, and one of our favourite headlands, and it all goes back to ancient Greece.
18d Entering days of September, start of season dry (7)
The first letter (start) of Season inserted into (entering) the number of days in September.
21d Lead first of children into English class (6)
The first letter of Children Inserted into a combination of the single letter for English and a synonym of class.
25d Signal breaker, for example (4)
A double definition to finish – check the illustration.
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Boney M, as far as I recall, one of the ‘manufactured’ groups beating the Spice Girls by several years had a number one for 5 weeks starting May 13th, 1978: