Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3007 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we have had some very welcome rain, probably not enough to reduce the risk of wild fires which can be caused by lightning strikes in the accompanying thunder storms (or by negligent idiots).
A day for saying very quietly that Dada has been very benevolent, down to 5 anagrams (one partial), two lurkers (one reversed), and two homophones (one partial).
Candidates for favourite – 16a, 21a, and 11d.
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 Congestion in throat after large measure of vodka, say? (10)
The part of the body synonymous with throat after an exceedingly large measure of vodka or any other spirits (say).
6a On holiday, a king of Mercia (4)
A short single word for on holiday and A from the clue (for a king who is reputed to have built a wall – oh dear!).
12a Very quick, huge car sped round corner, finally (12)
An anagram (round – which appears to be doing double duty) of HUGE CAR SPED containing (round) the last letter (finally) of corneR.
18a Shipment remarkably found next to shop (8)
A synonym of remarkably placed after (found next to) a type of (grocery?) shop.
19a Small flier then, or cuckoo (6)
An anagram (cuckoo) of THEN, OR – how many started by looking for at least a double definition?
21a A breeze travelling behind flier, did you say? (5,7)
A term for traveling (on water) placed after a homophone (did you say?) of a (mechanical) flier.
25a Initials of Giotto on drawings seen in gallery (4)
The initial letters of four words in the clue (which, when written down, can be an informal term for part of a theatre).
26a Only pearls flawed, as far as one is concerned (10)
An anagram (flawed) of ONLY PEARLS.
1d Academic award alongside personal project (4)
One of the first levels of academic award followed by a synonym of alongside.
4d Aristocrats gathered up by damsel, bonded (6)
The reverse lurker (gathered up by) found in the rest of the clue.
7d Entertainment centre just reduced to tiny pieces (10)
A synonym of just, followed by a single word that can mean reduced to tiny pieces.
11d Party issue shut up writer (9,3)
A three part charade in a five word clue – a type of (formal) party, followed by synonyms of issue and shut up.
13d Worker bound to produce gymnastic feat (10)
Not the six-legged type of worker and a synonym of bound.
14d Thoroughly deserved we understood, first in literature bagged (4-6)
WE from the clue and a synonym of understood containing (bagged) the first letter of Literature.
20d Aboard ship, want casual attire (6)
A synonym of want contained by (aboard) the usual two letters used for a ship.
23d Shame it is entertained by outsiders in party (4)
IT from the clue contained (is entertained) by the ‘outside’ letters of PartY.
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Julie Driscoll (remember her?) was 72 years young yesterday. Probably best known for her collaboration with Brian Auger and The Trinity including This Wheel’s On Fire, written by Canadian musician Rick Danko with assistance from the Nobel Laureate, which reached number 5 in 1968: