Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3019 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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Welcome to September and a very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we are enjoying a (soggy) holiday weekend often considered as the (unofficial?) end of summer, schools will be back in session this week and we can begin looking forward to the ‘brutal’ winter that Falcon mentioned on Thursday. My ‘early Autumn’ jacket has already had several outings in the last few days.
It looks like there could be the remnants of a couple of hurricanes/tropical storms heading across the ‘pond’ in the next week or so!
Dada back to being quirky this week – four anagrams (three partials), one lurker, and one homophone.
Candidates for favourite – 27a, 3d, and 7d.
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 Snub polar bear (4-8)
An adjective that can describe polar conditions and a synonym of bear.
9a Cheese, part eaten by pet perhaps? (9)
A synonym of part inserted into (eaten by) an animal that can be a pet (perhaps).
13a Offence clear, passing backwards in game (6)
A type of (moral) offence and a synonym of clear (in reference to revenue for example) all reversed (passing backwards).
18a Eternal youth in parent brought about by exercise (5,3)
The abbreviation for (school) exercise followed by an anagram (brought about) of PARENT.
21a Leader minding language with posh element (8)
The two letter abbreviation for leader (of a government) containing (minding) an ancient language and (with) the single letter for posh.
23a Neighbouring characters, one that’s a civil rights leader (6)
Take two neighbouring characters from the alphabet, insert the ‘combining’ conjunction between them, and end with the single letter for one.
27a Item for the breakfast table in oven, hunt sandwiches (5,4)
A type of oven (used to be) prevalent in the ‘home’ county of Cryptic Sue contained by (sandwiches) a synonym of hunt.
28a Race arduous, Chelsea given thrashing (12)
A synonym of arduous followed by an anagram (given thrashing) of CHELSEA.
1d Space in plane, male flier on mine (7)
A male flier followed by (on) a synonym of mine.
3d Story ending in disaster after battle — one should never spill the claret! (9)
A (fake) story and the last letter (ending in) of disasteR placed after a WW1 battle (actually, there were two battles of this name).
6d Captured by painter, a topless muse (5)
The lurker (captured by) found in the rest of the clue.
7d This person swallowed by large tiger maybe means to survive (8)
The perpendicular pronoun (this person) inserted into (swallowed by) the single letter for large and a descriptive term for what a tiger is a type of (maybe).
8d Wooden pin Margaret left as an example (3,3)
The short form of the childish form of Margaret (and it doesn’t begin with M), the single letter for left, and the (Latin) abbreviation for as an example.
17d Lengthy pain in France? (8)
A lengthy example of what pain is French for.
20d Flash starter in tasty seafood (7)
The initial letter (starter in) of Tasty and a type of seafood.
24d Play in the morning, a way to get up (5)
The (Latin) abbreviation for in the morning, A from the clue, and the abbreviated form of a type of way all reversed (to get up).
24d Post man reported (4)
The homophone (reported) of a synonym of man.
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Barry Gibb is 73 today; apparently he and his brothers are all Manxmen by birth. This was the first real world wide success for the Bee Gees, in September 1967, with a perhaps dubious claim to fame of being the second record ever played on Radio One when it was ‘turned on’ on September 30, 1967: