Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3006 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, on Thursday, the mercury reached 30.2 degrees (that’s 86.4 degrees to those in the non-metric USA); unfortunately, such temperatures are only increasing the risk of wild fires which are already occurring (some criminally set).
More benevolence from Dada today, with his almost standard 7 anagrams, one reverse lurker, and one homophone. There is one answer, perhaps two, (neither hinted) that could invite political comments – I would recommend that such action should be avoided.
Candidates for favourite – 11a, 12a, 6d, and 17d.
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 Food store enticed sales all over the shop (12)
A straightforward anagram (all over the shop) to start of ENTICED SALES.
9a Sweet dancer (7)
A double definition – the second is the illustrated Russian dancer.
12a Herb consumed by personage, routinely passed to the left (7)
The reverse lurker (consumed by . . . passed to the left) in words contained by the indicators.
14a Scenting nothing evidently, one kept quiet (9)
A single word that can indicate that something does not have a scent containing (kept) the single letter used for one.
19a Rusty saw (5)
Another double definition – the second relates to seeing someone on a regular basis.
21a Uncoil convoluted thread initially to produce design on floor material (7)
An anagram (convoluted) of UNCOIL followed by the first letter (initially) of Thread.
25a Spear papers in river (7)
The abbreviation for papers used to prove who you are inserted into (in) the third-longest river in the United Kingdom.
26a Fairly insignificant about king appearing too cute (6-6)
A synonym of fairly followed by a synonym of insignificant containing (about) one of the single letters used for king.
1d Choice in flower for supporter (7)
The choice indicated by an ‘X’ contained by (in) one of a cruciverbalist’s favourite rivers.
3d Refuse unit of column in flier(9)
A type of refuse (produced on a farm) and a unit (of measure) often used in conjunction with column.
6d Hold me aloft and prepare for crash landing! (7)
ME from the clue reversed (aloft) and the call that can/will be made by a flight attendant in certain circumstances.
7d Scary part of book, relaxing (5-8)
Part of a book (seen when shelved) followed by an informal synonym of relaxing.
17d Last of clues penned by better user of wordplay (7)
The last (letter) of clueS inserted into (penned by) a type of better (often on the gee-gees).
18d Story a nobleman recited (7)
The homophone (recited) of ‘a nobleman’.
20d Attempt to grasp old play such as Othello (7)
A synonym of attempt containing (to grasp) a synonym of old.
22d Advice, say, to ignore a drunk (5)
A synonym of advice followed by SAY from the clue with the A deleted (to ignore).
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