Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3020 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we are seeing definite signs of the approaching Autumn – the leaves are beginning to change colour and I had the car heater on for most of the week.
It might just be me, and perhaps my brain had been addled by the NTSPP and MPP, but I found this quite challenging, especially in the West – six anagrams (one partial), one lurker, and no homophones.
Candidates for favourite – 18a, 3d, and 9d.
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 Grate pickle (6)
A double definition to start – the second relates to a tricky situation.
10a Mark joins club with scowl (9)
A type of (dancing) club followed by (joins . . . with) a synonym of scowl.
11a Inviting contempt in the end, a dirty abode (5)
The last letter (in the end) of contempT, A from the clue, and a farm animal’s (dirty) abode.
14a Composition being shown in cinema (5)
A three letter composition, often in poem form, followed by a two letter word for being shown.
18a Exciting story embraced by Queen, accommodating type? (8)
An informal synonym of exciting followed by an untrue story inserted into (embraced by) HM’s regnal cipher.
23a Close, don’t open without locks (7)
A single word for without locks (on top of one’s head) with the first letter removed (don’t open).
26a Energy member invested in expression of surprise (5)
A parliamentarian inserted into (invested in) an expression of surprise.
28a So, perhaps rain wets various things? (8)
Written as (3,5) if the rain wets then the . . . .
29a A mushroom with the other ingredients? (2,4)
A from the clue followed by a synonym of (non-fungal) mushroom.
1d Wrong dose ain’t calming someone down (8)
An anagram (wrong) of DOSE AIN’T.
3d Maybe he’s topping cake with no filling, say (9)
What he is an example of (maybe) preceding (topping) CakE with the ‘interior’ letters removed (no filling).
6d Polish off attack having dispensed with leader (3,2)
A (4,2) synonymic phrase of attack with the first letter removed (having dispensed with leader).
9d One floored by cleaner? That’s painful (10,4)
A body part of a human cleaner that may come into contact with the floor during her duties (the answer is in the feminine).
16d A strip under bottom of small washer (9)
A from the clue and a synonym of strip all after (under) the last letter (bottom of) smalL.
19d Boaters in Ransome novel (7)
Some brilliant misdirection, at least I thought so – an anagram (novel) of RANSOME.
22d Powerful businessmen working in pubs (6)
A two letter word for working contained by (in) a synonym of pubs.
24d Located in file, the registration number (5)
The lurker (located in) found in the rest of the clue.
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The eternally youthful Rod Stewart, now 74 years old, started 4 weeks at number one on September 6, 1975 – this is from a concert in Montréal, Québec in December 2013 (I remember seeing him at a concert in Edmonton, Alberta in 1996):