Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3014 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from
Winnipeg Glenboro, Manitoba, from where I have been exploring the Spirit Sands Desert, in the South-West of the province, which, according to legend, is the home of Niibin my avatar buddy.
Dada quite tricky this week, even with a sprinkling of oldies but goodies, but still quirky – 7 anagrams (including partials), one lurker, and no homophones.
Candidates for favourite – 5a, 16a, and 6d.
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 Edge cracking nut where chopper comes down (7)
A synonym of edge inserted into (cracking) the part of the body that is often informally called nut.
5a Broadcast features ‘ouse by any means possible (7)
Not a homophone! A synonym of broadcast containing a synonym of ‘ouse, that is with its first letter removed..
9a Baby feeder, light flat object (3,4)
The baby feeder item that provides the outlet from a bottle and a synonym of light.
12a One way to treat other nasty cut (5-4)
An anagram (to treat) of OTHER NASTy with its last letter removed (cut).
13a Power generator in Italian city charged with British energy (7))
An Italian city, the location of the first Italian Job, containing (charged with) the single letter for British, with the single letter for energy at the end.
19a Try and support inexperienced winger (7)
A two letter synonym for try followed by a type of (medical) support.
24a Some fault, a serious shocker! (5)
The lurker (some) found in the rest of the clue.
26a A number divided by six minus ten, stupid (7)
A from the clue and a cardinal number containing (divided by) SIx with the Roman numeral for ten removed (minus).
28a Colouring drink, first drops of green mint essence put in (7)
The initial letters (first drops) of Green Mint Essence inserted into (put in) a size or volume of a drink.
1d Area of potential conflict has son in a stew (3,4)
The single letter for son inserted into (has . . . in) a type of stew usually associated with red rose county.
2d Student council’s ultimate illicit scheme (7)
The last letter (‘s ultimate) of counciL followed by a term for what may an illicit scheme.
5d A quarter of poor people lose control over fight (4,3)
Lose control (of a vehicle?) followed by (over) a synonym of fight.
8d Battle worsens, Attlee having lost every other one (7)
Delete alternate letters (having lost every other one) from WORSENS, ATTLEE – 7 letters are needed for the answer so I will leave it to you to decide if you delete the odd or even letters.
16d Abbreviated symbol on page, very basic cover (3,4)
An abbreviated form of a synonym of symbol followed by a synonym of page.
17d Celestial phenomenon with flash in gas (3,4)
The single letter for with and a two word synonym of flash inserted into (in), dare I say it, one of the noble gases.
19d In space, hammer lighter (3,4)
A synonym of hammer inserted into (in) a type of space.
21d Laughable German leader in tight dress, for example (7)
An anagram (laughable) of GERMAN followed by the first letter (leader in) of Tight.
23d French river, one shrouded in mythology (5)
Dada’s favourite river? – The single letter for one contained by (shrouded in) a synonym of mythology.
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Chris Farlowe, number one for one week starting on this day in 1966, written by Mick Jagger and Keih Richards: