Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3018 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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In today’s Independent on Sunday, Dill becomes the twenty-fifth graduate of the Rookie Corner / NTSPP series to have a puzzle published in the National press. Well done, let’s hope it’s the first of many. BD
A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where it is beginning to cool down with a stormy forecast.
Benevolence appears to have returned – five anagrams (three partials), one lurker, and one homophone (not hinted, but it’s 26a), and Dada clearly knows his chess pieces (RD should be happy)!
I am not sure that I have seen a puzzle before where the first 8 down clues run in numerical sequence.
Candidates for favourite – 15a, 21a, 28a, and 3d.
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 European landmark in Rome, dirt cheap to renovate (3,2,8)
An anagram, straightforward to me, to start (to renovate) of ROME, DIRT CHEAP.
10a Best to dock heading to dwarf planet (5)
A (fruity) synonym of best with the first letter of a synonym of dwarf removed (to dock) followed by TO from the clue.
12a Stuck in rut, a habitual state (4)
The lurker (stuck in) found in the rest of the clue.
15a Bureaucracy, having shifted communist to the right, came to a point (7)
A (3,4) synonymic pair for bureaucracy with the descriptive term for a communist moved to the end (having shifted . . . to the right).
17a First stage involves a racket (7)
A (sporty) synonym of stage containing (involves) A from the clue and a (noisy) synonym of racket.
21a Sound of swine in fine houses (4)
Not a homophone – the two letter term that can be used in place of fine containing (houses) IN from the clue.
23a Pair of Manx cats love tropical tree (5)
Consider the defining feature of a Manx cat and apply it to CAT twice (pair) and finish with the letter that represents love in most racquet games.
27a Clue I get with no working out, making progress slowly and carefully (9)
A synonym of clue followed by an anagram (working out) of I GET and (with) NO.
28a Brief success, cook’s brilliant moment? (5,2,3,3)
A double definition to finish the Acrosses.
1d Where rook may go, affecting everyone (6,3,5)
A description of how the illustrated chess piece can move.
3d Key: use leverage in business (10)
A key for submission on a computer keyboard and a single word for use leverage.
6d Father — one after Oscar? (4)
This is apparently becoming a popular type of clue and is based on the phonetic alphabet.
8d Thug also battered Welshman in old Welsh county (5,9)
An anagram (battered) of THUG ALSO followed by a popular Welsh family name – one played Rugby for his country in the 1950s and then became a broadcaster.
14d Menu set on end of bench covering item for dinner, perhaps (10)
A (possible) synonym of menu, a (medical) synonym of set, followed by (on) the last letter (end of) bencH.
16d Person with complaint, argument that’s nothing special? (9)
A single word that can be used for nothing special combined with a synonym of argument.
20d Construct one lacking English used (3-4)
A (3,2) term for construct followed by ONe from the clue with the single letter for English removed (lacking).
25d Old South American occupying most extreme parts of Colombia (4)
A two letter synonym for occupying followed by the first and last letters (most extreme parts) of ColombiA.
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Kenny Rogers was 81 on the 21st, this from 1983, with Dolly Parton: