Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3005 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where the weather is being changeably seasonal or seasonally changeable, I am not sure which!
A return to benevolence from Dada today, who seems to have settled on 6 or 7 as his standard number of anagrams, one reverse lurker, and one (sort of) homophone. I found the puzzle so enjoyable that I had solved it completely before I remembered that I only needed to solve half of the clues to be able to write the blog, oh well.
Candidates for favourite – the four 12 letter non-anagrams.
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 I want you to have this, you’d better believe it! (4,2,4,2)
A double definition to start – for the second, an expression that might add emphasis to a statement.
8a In competition with range in street (7)
A type of range (as illustrated), IN from the clue, and the abbreviation of street.
12a Send back cold eggs, a cook producing salad ingredient (7)
The single letter for cold and a synonym of eggs all reversed (send back), A from the clue, and a synonym of cook (not necessarily related to preparing food).
14a Flat month in a pattern that’s unusual (9)
A single letter abbreviation for (any) month inserted into (In) an anagram (that’s unusual) of A PATTERN.
19a Endless beauty approaching English locale (5)
A Roman goddess synonymous with beauty with her last letter removed (endless) followed by (approaching) the single letter for English.
23a Poisonous element in medicines, rarely on the counter (7)
The reverse lurker (in . . . on the counter) found in the rest of the clue.
24a Use loaf touring free state (7)
An anagram (use) of LOAF containing (touring) a synonym of free.
26a Where marathon racers compete some time later (2,3,4,3)
An expression that can refer to an event in the future.
1d Picture commercial vehicle drawn along (7)
A double definition – in the second, the vehicle is unpowered.
2d Race and colour related (7)
A synonym of race and a (primary) colour.
6d Fee for securing boat — what might make lower charge? (7)
The (sort of) homophone – a fee for securing a boat sounds like a (4,3) phrase that might result in lower user fees for other things – I am not sure if I have explained this sufficiently, any sensible suggestions are welcome. Split as (3,4) this could be what makes a lower (cow) charge (attack)! [Added by BD after a prompt from RD]
7d Make a lot of noise, and work on loft extension? (5,3,4)
An expression that can relate to making a lot of noise may also indicate a form of loft extension?
10d Understand — as should a conductor? (4,3,5)
An expression that can relate to what a conductor (of an orchestra) should be expected to understand.
17d Bridge game (7)
A double definition the second is a card game.
20d Figure twelve required to catch horse (7)
One of the times of day ‘represented’ by twelve containing (to catch) a type of horse.
22d Hold up seat in church (5)
A double definition to finish – the second relates to a seat in church not usually used by the congregation.
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As Mary Poppins told us on Monday, Whatsisname, the Nobel Laureate, celebrated his 78th birthday on Friday the 24th. Here he is in a rehearsal session with George Harrison, which dates back to 1971, when he was a mere stripling of 30, singing one of his own compositions: