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(all kicking off in) of Alley Some Bully Out – the abbreviation of a measure introduced by Tony Blair in 1998 but repealed in 2014 when it was replaced by newer legislation.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: