Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3015 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where it is hot (32 degrees) and humid (feels like 39 degrees) with heat warnings.
Dada not quite as tricky as last week, but more quirky – 4 anagrams, one reverse lurker, and no homophones.
Favourite – 16a!.
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:
9a Could girl be put out? (5)
One of the descriptive words for what a girl may be in familial terms.
10a Send back list including a bit of fish — large snapper? (9)
A type of list containing (including) A from the clue and a part (bit) of a fish all reversed (send back) – the illustration should help.
12a Some returned mail, a German sovereign’s collection (7)
The reverse lurker (some returned) found in the rest of the clue.
13a Surrey town remote, map leads to farm, all concluding (5)
Select the last letters (all concluding) of remotE, maP leadS tO farM.
16a Pivotal moment, ace in tennis? (5,2,2,6)
A double definition – consider what the receiver cannot do with an ‘ace’.
19a Awful weight to bear, don’t attack Lebanese port! (5,4)
A single word for don’t attack and a Lebanese port.
25a Touching line from man with whip (7)
A synonym of man after (with) a synonym of whip.
28a Famous — as are Mozart’s works? (5)
A single word to describe the ‘characters’ in Mozart’s works.
1d Legs cut doing a backflip (4)
A synonym of cut reversed (doing a backflip).
3d Measure bringing age into focus (10)
A synonym of age inserted into (bringing . . . into) a synonym of focus.
5d English king and James VI, say, both briefly outside (8)
A bit of a history lesson – an English king (who burnt the cakes) followed by the short form of the nationality of James VI (there have been only two King James of England) with their last letters removed (briefly).
7d Financial promise broken by broadcaster, that’s for sure! (1,4,3)
A financial promise containing (broken by) an informal term for a broadcaster, as in a piece of equipment.
13d Show what one used to do for work? (10)
Written as (2-8) how one can describe what one used to do for work.
15d Rank place, occupant below (10)
A synonym of place followed by a type of occupant.
18d Turner placing wife between insect and rat (8)
The single letter for wife inserted into (placing between) an insect and a (two legged) rat.
20d Everything one owns ending in garbage, say (6)
The last letter (ending in) garbagE followed by a synonym of say.
26d Still not accomplished? Bother! (2-2)
A double definition – the second is a nounal synonym of Bother.
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The 118th anniversary of Louis Armstrong’s and the Queen Mum’s birthdays, and Jane’s xxth birthday today; this was a number one in April/May 1968 (although it might have been recorded in 1967):