Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3009 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we have had some very much needed rain, fortunately mostly overnight.
Dada not so benevolent this week! 6 anagrams (three partials), one lurker (not hinted), and one homophone.
Candidates for favourite – 13a and 15d.
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 Modest container in farm building (6)
A type of (metal) container contained by (in) a type of farm building.
8a Counter, to the left of which lies room key (5,3)
A type of (service) counter preceded by (to the left of which lies) a synonym of room.
11a Draught knocked back after a song (4)
A synonym of draught(?) reversed (knocked back) placed after A from the clue.
13a Fish in front of ship eaten by vermin, thrashing (7,5)
IN from the clue and the single word for front of ship all contained by (eaten by) a type of vermin and a synonym of thrashing.
16a Change involves a tense discussion (12)
A synonym of change containing (involves) A from the clue and the abbreviation for tense.
22a Broadcast possible breakfast show (6)
The homophone (broadcast) of a possible breakfast.
24a Very, very sore unfortunately after ending on backside (4,2)
The single letter for very and an anagram (unfortunately) of SORE all placed after the last letter of (ending on) backsidE.
24a Main course in middle of menu, something woody (6)
The middle letters of mENu and something that is ‘woody’.
1d Rescuing male, warmer hugs for a mother (8)
Our stellar warmer contains (hugs) the single word for for a and an abbreviated term for mother.
2d Vertical line approximately showing African capital (5)
A (curved) line and the Latin based abbreviation for approximately reversed (vertical)?
3d Mexican crisp filled with first of beans, as in Mexican state (7)
What could be considered to be a Mexican crisp containing (filled with) the first letter of Beans and AS from the clue – I did have to verify the answer using a popular on-line service.
7d Old Japanese commander removing central part from weapon (6)
Remove the centre letter (central part) from a type of weapon.
9d Create trouble — as might a large wave? (4,3,4)
What a large wave might do to a sailing vessel.
15d Drinking beers, company and church come together (8)
The abbreviated form of company and a favourite church containing (drinking) the plural of a synonym of beer.
19d Walk in the park, breath of fresh air? (6)
A double definition – the first means that a task is easy.
21d Different relative doffs cap (5)
A (close) relative with the first letter removed (doffs cap).
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Thursday was the 95th anniversary of the birth of Mr Guitar – Chet Atkins, here he is with another fine example of his consummate versatility with said instrument: