Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3012 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we had a good soaking Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday morning and a tornado watch on Thursday!
Dada less benevolent this week. 5 anagrams (one partial), two lurkers (one reversed and one not hinted), and no homophones.
Candidates for favourite – 20a and 9d.
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 Not much on the bird table? Stone the crows! (6)
What might be left on the bird table, or any other table, when the ‘eaters’ have left.
10a Couple of shockers, one’s a mistake (6)
A three letter word which can be used to shock someone which when repeated (couple of) and combined into a single word can be a mistake.
12a Voracious broadcasting of banalities (10)
An anagram (broadcasting of) of BANALITIES
13a Washington writer, capital US composer! (6,6)
A writer whose first name was Washington followed by a (European) capital.
20a Good story about a very old urn, abridged (10)
A type of story (often with a moral) containing (about) A from the clue, the abbreviations for very and old, and URn from the clue with the last letter deleted (abridged).
22a Band in detailed rug containing first of roses (6)
An item that rug is a ( mostly US) slang term for with its last letter removed (detailed) containing the first letter of Roses.
24a Not much to eat? This is sad to see (6)
Written as (3,3) a small edible item.
25a Journalist taking part in foxtrot I deliberately knocked over (6)
The reverse lurker (taking part in . . . knocked over) found in the rest of the clue.
1d Sailing boats, cutters (8)
A double definition – the first famous for transporting tea.
3d Very hot grease in house, finally wiped (7)
A synonym of grease inserted into (in) a synonym of house used to claim a prize in a game with its last letter removed (finally wiped).
6d Old man Morgan wrong to gatecrash party (3-6)
An anagram (wrong) of MORGAN inserted into (to gatecrash) an abbreviated form of a (political) party – and the answer is in the BRB.
9d Appalling — like an impossible tongue-twister? (11)
A single word that can be used to describe an impossible tongue twister.
17d Nationality in Ireland (and having gone abroad), as I organised (7)
An anagram (organised) of IRELand with and removed (and having gone abroad) and AS I.
18d Coverage of joint record in work at bakery (7)
A type of (vinyl) record inserted into (in) a type of work process at a bakery.
21d Boat trade (5)
A straightforward double definition to fininsh.
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This was the video originally planned for last Sunday but it is still appropriate for this week – The Kinks half way through 2 weeks at Number One on this day in 1966: