Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3013 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, from where I understand that there is some fine (not in the meteorological sense) Irish weather forecast for Royal Portrush this afternoon.
Dada benevolently quirky or quirkily benevoent this week – 6 anagrams, one lurker, and no homophones.
Candidates for favourite – 15a, 17a, and 14d.
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 Bully taking battle-axe around head of opponent (7)
A synonym of battle-axe, when unkindly applied to one’s better half, containing (around) the first letter (head) of Opponent.
12a Force isn’t weak (5)
The single letter for force followed by an informal equivalent of isn’t.
15a Typical example ending in Bible, good book (7)
The last letter (ending in) of biblE, the shortened form of a word frequently used as a synonym for good, and a type of book.
17a Gosh, it was meant to be: a Mediterranean island! (7)
A synonym of gosh, the Latin term for it was meant to be, and A from the clue.
20a Choral piece starts from music of the Eighties, tragically (5)
The first letters (starts) from the rest of the words in the clue.
21a Old Scottish landowner putting one article inside another (5)
Place one of the indefinite articles inside a definite article.
24a Bunk or beds I strip (7)
An anagram (bunk) of OR BEDS I.
25a Crossword writer’s job disappearing over the horizon! (7)
A double definition – check the illustration for the second.
1d Keen to get under catch, very anxious (4-6)
A (meteorological) synonym of keen after (to get under) a synonym of catch.
2d Ice ball with hardened coating (6)
A type of ball inserted into (with . . . coating) a synonym of hardened.
5d Morning sickness good in George III’s house (8)
The single letter for good contained by (in) George III’s (royal) house.
6d Divers coming up, one’s a seabird (4)
Some (illustrated) divers reversed (coming up).
7d As is a less stimulating cup defeat, faced in a bad way (13)
An anagram (a bad way) of DEFEAT, FACED IN.
14d Still unsure where to look for helicopter, for example? (2,2,3,3)
One of the options for viewing a helicopter, or any other type of aircraft.
19d Respond to all points covered by extreme characters in anger (6)
All the cardinal points contained (covered) by the outer (extreme) characters of AngeR.
22d Area in church, part perhaps extended (4))
The lurker (part) found in the rest of the clue.
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Steven Demetre Georgiou, a.k.a. Cat Stevens, a.k.a. Yusuf Islam, 71 today – this was released in late 1966 and reached Number Two in early 1967: