Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3008 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we have had some typical late Spring weather, including a frost warning in the middle of the week!
Benevolence continues! 5 anagrams (two partials), two lurkers, and no homophones all in a slightly asymmetric 29 clues.
Candidates for favourite – 11a, 17a, 9d, 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:
8a Seafood sailor has without garnish? (7)
A usual abbreviation for sailor followed by a single word that could mean served without garnish?
11a Most ignorant, it’s implied — if nothing else (9)
A single word for if nothing else which when written as (5,4) could mean (it’s implied) most ignorant – I thought this might be an unindicated Americanism but the BRB says (rare or US).
14a Look at cricket, for example, to catch Pakistan’s opener (7)
What a cricket is in the animal kingdom containing (to catch) the first letter (opener) of Pakistan.
17a Together, needing no further inspiration? (2,3,4,6)
A double definition(?) – the first can relate to two things that are said together but are contradictory.
21a Start in film? (5)
Written as (2,3), a term that relates to making a film.
26a Spell words wrong here: typos! (3,6)
An anagram (wrong) of HERE: TYPOS.
28a Mother-in-law perhaps initially disappearing — joy! (7)
What a mother-in-law is by marriage (perhaps) with the first letter removed (initially disappearing).
1d This thick-skinned? Give us a ring (6)
A single word for a ring precedes (give) US from the clue – not the best clue of the day.
2d A collector entertained by favourite bird (8)
A from the clue and a garden tool that could be considered a collector contained (entertained) by a synonym of favourite.
3d Gin swilled in happy party (10)
An anagram (swilled) of GIN inserted into (in) a synonym of happy.
7d Caged by parvenu, that chirruping bird (8)
One of the lurkers (caged by) – the other is 23d – contained in the rest of the clue.
9d Bad electrified lifts (4)
A term that indicates that something is electrified reversed (lifts).
16d Jack, for example, out of tune — a playing fiddler? (4-5)
What Jack can be an example of followed by a single word for out of tune.
17d Familiar prisoner keeps it up (8)
A synonym of prisoner containing (keeps) IT from the clue reversed (up).
22d Difficult Norse god nearly dispensing with earl (6)
A Norse god followed by what is left when EARL is removed (dispensing with) from NearlY.
25d Welcome drop of the hard stuff? (4)
A double definition to finish – the second is a type of precipitation.
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