Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3010 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we have been enjoying temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s as we get ready for Canada Day tomorrow (“get ready” means to stock up on beer, burgers, hot dogs, etc).
Dada a little more benevolent than last week. 6 anagrams (one partial), two lurkers (one not hinted), one homophone, and plenty of insertions/containments!
Candidates for favourite – 7a, 5d, and 8d.
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:
7a Sport where a pass gets collected by flankers in line (8)
A from the clue and a type of pass (in the round ball game) inserted into (where . . . gets collected by) the first and last letters (flankers) of LinE.
11a Steep charge by staff (8)
A type of charge placed after (by) a type of staff.
15a Snaring device, component backfiring (4)
A synonym of component reversed (backfiring).
17a Characteristic skill returns with technological subject (5)
A synonym of skill reversed (returns) followed by (with) the abbreviation of a technological subject.
20a Money band wasted, say, providing basic source of income (5,3,6)
A (slang) synonym of money, an anagram (wasted) of BAND, and a synonym of say.
25a Seat lost deliberately, it’s said (6)
The homophone (it’s said) of a single word for lost deliberately.
28a Sculpture of sea god in US city (3,5)
An anagram (sculpture) of SEA GOD IN.
1d Knock party (4)
A straightforward double definition.
4d Shells emptied of peas, I regret (6)
Another double definition – the second is an informal interjection.
5d It’s a headache as I dash into myself! (8)
I from the clue and a synonym of dash contained by (into) a pronoun for myself.
8d Striking boxer, dispatched hooks (7)
A synonym of dispatched contains (hooks) a famous boxer.
16d Ornament someone installing equipment lifted in middle of shipyard (8)
An individual who can install equipment reversed (lifted) contained by (in) the middle letters of shiPYard.
21d Outsiders on estates in desperate want (6)
The outside letters of EstateS contained by (in) a synonym of desperate.
24d Encountered in debate, a sticking point (4)
One of the lurkers (the other is 10a), indicated by encountered in, found in the rest of the clue.
26d Man neither starting nor finishing close (4)
A man found on a board with the first and last letters removed (neither starting nor finishing).
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I blame my older sister for this one (didn’t I do that before), Adam Faith, born on June 23, 1940, had possibly the shortest ever Number One Single at 1 minute 35 seconds in 1959, this video from 1969: