Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3017 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where it is Day 4 of the Best 4 Days of the Year as I am again volunteering at a professional golf tournament where the best golfers in the field will be rewarded this afternoon and, more importantly, funds are being raised to support worthy causes in the local area; however, this means I might not be able to respond to many of your comments.
Dada’s quirkiness continues – five anagrams (one partial), three lurkers (one reversed), and one homophone.
Candidates for favourite – 11a, 12a, and 13d.
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.
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Some hints follow:
1a Old relic is around fragments (8)
A straightforward anagram (fragments) to start of IS AROUND.
9a Aggravate player of forty-five, perhaps? (6)
A double definition – for the second think RPM.
11a Plant fake diamond, possibly? (8)
Written as (4,4) a synonym of fake and a slang term for a diamond.
12a Might one paint colours on flag? (8,6)
A painter who prefers to paint on the type of flag(s) that we can walk on.
20a Utter pro then, in developing driving skill (5-5,4)
An anagram (developing) of UTTER PRO THEN, IN.
25a Straight into touch one steps (6)
One of the lurkers (into) – the other is 15a – found in the rest of the clue.
27a Composer bringing cheer initially: fancy a lift? (6)
The initial letter (initially) of Cheer and (3,2) what one might say when offering a lift to someone.
28a Magic writing skill (8)
A straightforward double definition to finish the Acrosses.
1d Very popular old wine (4)
Join together the single letter for very, the two letter synonym for popular, and the single letter for old.
3d Bit of a looker, flower girl? (4)
A triple definition (I think) – the first relates to part of the eye (looker).
5d Car’s left in road, see, abandoned, nothing having been stolen (8)
An anagram (abandoned) of IN RoAD, SEE with the O removed (nothing having been stolen) – for overseas solvers the answer applies to cars in the UK and, for example, the Antipodean countries.
13d It’s marked up in butcher’s or baker’s, for example (10)
A frequently misused, but not in this clue, punctuation mark.
16d Two instruments for dance on deck? (8)
The combination of two four letter musical instruments.
21d Sovereign, foreign currency for job (6)
HM and an African coinage.
24d Record composer listened to (4)
The homophone (listened to) of a (Hungarian) composer.
26d Number involved in agnosticism on the rise (4)
We finish with the reverse lurker (involved in . . . on the rise) found in the rest of the clue.
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Finishing the second week of five at number 1 on this day in August 1989 – Jive Bunny and the Master Mixers: