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ST 3016 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3016 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we have had just enough rain to wash the dust out of the atmosphere and deposit it on everyone’s cars!

Dada’s quirkiness has spread to the grid this week with a NW/SE split – 5 anagrams (two partials), one lurker (not hinted, but it’s 24a), and one homophone.

Candidates for favourite – 9a, 8d, and 10d. 

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 Fear operating in theatre? (5,6)
A term for when an actor has a mental block.

11a All kicking off in alley, some bully out for bad-boy tag? (4)
The initial letters (all kicking off in) of Alley Some Bully Out – the abbreviation of a measure introduced by Tony Blair in 1998 but repealed in 2014 when it was replaced by newer legislation.

12a Demon discovery with buried treasure, ultimately (5)
A synonym of discovery containing (with buried) the last letter (ultimately) of treasurE.

16a Ability to look all right in rowing team (8)
The single word frequently used for all right inserted into (in) the largest rowing team.

17a Jack provided feedback at the outset, seeing charge list (6)
A synonym of Jack (when used in reference to a mariner), the two letter synonym of provided, and the initial letter (at the outset) of Feedback.

22a PM’s predecessor certainly out of control (4)
Not that PM! The time predecessor of PM and the two letters frequently used for certainly.

27a Silly charging a tenor for old song (9,5)
An anagram (silly) of CHARGING A TENOR.

28a Unite political party, terribly isolated (11)
The short form of one of the political parties followed by an anagram (terribly) of ISOLATED.


2d Person seeking conflict resolution causes one to reach for hanky? (14)
Written as (8,6), a two word expression that could cause one to reach for hanky?

4d Escape taking in an elevated window (8)
A synonym of escape containing (taking in) AN from the clue.

6d Song that man mentioned (4)
The homophone (mentioned) of a single word for that man.

8d End of exciting race, still perfect (5,6)
A type of still (picture) and a verbal synonym of perfect.

10d Fruit ending in tin, on average around about fifty (5,6)
The last letter (ending in) of tiN, followed by an anagram (around) of ON AVERAGE containing (about) the Latin numeral for fifty.

18d Most important king, perhaps, in a line (8)
What king is a type of (perhaps, when with 51 others), IN and A from the clue, and the single letter for line.

25d African country remaining (4)
Written as (2,2), a two word expression for remaining.

26d Simple building discarded (4)
A (relatively) simple double definition to finish.

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I think we celebrated Mark Knopfler’s birthday last year, oh well, we will celebrate it again this year and you can partly blame Rabbit Dave and John Bee for comments they posted a month or so ago.  Said Mr Knopfler is 70 tomorrow and this is from his incarnation as founder and leader of The Notting Hillbillies in  the late 1980s.  The Next Time I’m In Town, a work in progress here, subsequently became, among other things, the final track on Neck and Neck, the collaborative album with Chet Atkins from 1990, enjoy:

60 comments on “ST 3016 (Hints)

  1. Middle of the road today for me but enjoyed.

    Last in 11A and 22A ( four letter clues ! ) , my COTD 20A just ahead of 23A .

    Thanks Dada & Senf .

  2. An enjoyable and thoughtful solve this morning, with the excellent 20a my favourite of many fine clues. Like KFB @#1 my final entry was 11a.

    Thanks to Dada for the challenge and to Senf.

  3. Pleasant exercise with plenty to cerebrate over en route. Needed to look up 7d. Not sure why 25d is remaining. Possibly not alone in having initially fallen for 22a misdirection. 9a raised the biggest LOL moment so that has to be Fav. Thank you Dada and Senf.

      1. D’oh, thanks Senf. I could only think along the lines of sandwiches and a coffee “xx xx” – silly me! 😉

        1. Thanks also John Bee and apologies to all concerned for my unthinking and unforgivable lapse – I have duly committed myself to the naughty corner.

  4. My initial entry for 9a was possibly rather more crude (different last word) but it made me laugh until I realised that I’d made 6d impossible!
    Had a blind spot over 14d but the pesky 4-letter answers didn’t cause any grief today and it was two of those that took the honours here – 11&22a.

    Thanks to Dada and to Senf for the hints and another chance to listen to the great Mark Knopfler.

  5. This was definitely quirky Dada at work and I did enjoy 2d, which was my favourite clue, with 10d and 27a in joint second place. Overal it was a moderate challenge (**/***) and highly enjoyable (****). I found 7d rather odd, although it was fathomable. Thanks to Senf for the hints and to Dada. Back to being blown about in the garden, at least the wind was behind me as I mowed the lawn.

  6. 9a made me laugh , not something I do often with crossword clues. 2d also amusing I thought. I’m beginning to get used to Dada and seems I quite like him

      1. Your comment went into moderation. Up until today you have used what I presume is your surname as part of your name. Both should work from now on.

    1. 21d is an anagram–hope that’s enough to nail it. 23 a is made up of a synonym for play like a cat plays with a mouse and another word for bill. Any biscuits in the naughty corner?

    2. Chris
      21d – The definition is “cash”. It is an anagram (“counterfeit”) of “in some”.
      23a – The definition is “sycophant”. Put an abbreviation for a “bill” or poster inside (“featuring in”) a synonym for to “play”.

  7. Late on parade today as I’ve been sorting out the mess the wind has made of the garden including uprooting a pine tree and unceremoniously dumping it in the pond – not at all what you expect in August.
    This puzzle provided a great antidote. Dada has really settled very nicely into the Sunday slot with what I find is just the right balance of difficulty and fun.
    My favourite is 22a.
    Many thanks to Dada and to Senf.

    Back out into the garden now …

  8. Very enjoyable but did take a bit of work. I especially liked 22a and 23a but my fav was 7d. Finding CS’s ‘definitions’ took a bit of time for many of the clues.
    I seem to have upset Kath yesterday with my quest to find the appropriate word that I needed to express my solving of certain crosswords. It was not my intention to take the ****, just trying to make a point.
    Thx to all

    1. If you really want a proper test of ‘spot the definition’ have a look at yesterday’s NTSPP

      1. Don’t be mischievous Sue, you’ll have him swearing… Brian – don’t go there!

  9. Great Sunday fare from what is becoming a high standard. 17a and 19a were bunged in wrong and needed Senf to put me on the right lines and make LOI 14d solvable.
    Thanks to Dada and Senf particularly for the clip of Mr K which has reminded me to update my Notting Hill Billies collection which was bought back in the day when the cassette and Walkman was thought to be the future.

      1. I wondered if I may have caused some confusion but hope you don’t mind being compared to a 70 yr old guitarist.

  10. Another example of a well thought & well constructed puzzle that was at just the right level to totally absorb me. Dada truly fitting the bill for Sunday’s.
    Favourites 1ac ,28ac & 2d. But all clues come well up to standard.
    Grateful thanks to Dada for the workout & Senf for his review.

  11. I rate this as ****/**. Although I appreciated the clues when I had used hints or other help its difficulty ruined the pleasure. 1a and 9a my favourites which I solved without help.

    Thank you Senf and Dada.

  12. Oh yes, very satisfying. Like others 9a made me laugh. Last in was 20a also very clever. Many thanks to all.

    1. True to your word, Mary, I think you count as the most prolific ‘recent comments’ provider today!
      I remember your ‘perservation’ only too well – always makes me smile when CS trots it out. It’s also something I have to do a lot of with some of the puzzles!

      Sorry that your caravanning hasn’t brought you to my door in Anglesey thus far – maybe next time you venture this way?

      1. Hi Jane, unfortunately we have sold the caravan now, we did get up to Anglesey a couple of years ago in the motorhome for 10 days and beautiful it was too :-)

        1. Yes, I recall that you commented that you’d crossed the bridge. It’s still beautiful here if you want to come and check it out for yourself!

  13. 9a was my favourite … but I was “spitting feathers” when I realised how long it took me to solve it.

    Sorry! :bye:

  14. Another fun Dada, never thought I’d say that but am now a convert.
    I never got 11a, I’m assuming it’s Britspeak as the hint didn’t help.
    Lots to like here, solved 9a with a giggle as a start, so it’s my fave, though 20a is certainly a contender – clever or what?
    Thanks to Dada and to Senf for a fine start to my Sunday.

  15. Another good weekend puzzle that made for an excellent challenge.
    8d floated my boat.
    Thanks to Dada, and to Senf for the hints.

  16. Good solve for me. Very different from early Dada’s. Favourites 20 and 22a and 8d. I was left with two neither of which was hinted so send clearly thought they were easy and no-one else has asked about them. I therefore perservated (Mary!) and they came to me. It was the parsing of 14d that held me up and for 13a I had thought of two words with the same first letter. Once I rethought the first letter I got it! Thanks to all for the lively discussion.

      1. The horse is the definition and it’s a young female one.
        Start with stock, as in replenish the shelves, and end with the last letter (last seen in) of cavalry.

        1. Thank you! I was sure of the answer but not the reason. It was my last one in today. Great puzzle.

        2. Thank you, Kath! I had the answer, but I wasn’t sure why. Thanks to everyone – the comments do a great deal to cheer me up, in what has become a rather chilly August here in the Antipodes!

  17. That was a fun challenge, I had to work at it, with 2 clues holding out until lunchtime, but I got there in the end, and no electronic help. So thank you Dada for a lovely Sunday puzzle, and Senf for the hints.

  18. Bigly enjoyed, this. Bit of a trot, today really.
    Especially enjoyed 26d as the answer is both a simple building and means discarded.
    Well done rufus

    1. Welcome to the blog. Yes, exactly as I said in the hint, 26d is a double definition.
      If with ‘rufus’ you are referring to the setter then Rufus as the regular Monday setter retired some time ago. Today’s setter, as he has been since November 2018, is Dada.

  19. Would some kind soul be so kind as to email me the grid and clues please.
    I only use the printed version and, on checking just now, it is sans the Sunday section.

    Many thanks indeed.

  20. Goodness knows how, given my recent track record, but I thought that was fairly gentle for a Dada Sunday – then I got stuck on the ones that were really not tricky at all.
    I missed the anagram indicator in 10d so although the second word was clear I couldn’t get the first bit.
    I think that I’m going to leave it at that for now for risk of embarrassing myself.
    I think my favourite was probably 8d – it would have been 9a had I not seen something similar quite recently.
    Thanks to Dada and to Senf

  21. Stuck on 14d – I have an answer but not a clue why it would be right. Help much appreciated.

    1. I think the def is the first word, then stock and last in cavalry. Hope I’m not in trouble.

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