Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3021 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we have had a cool (temperatures in the low teens) and wet week with a forecast of a mini-heatwave starting today with expected temperatures in the upper twenties – go figure!
Benevolence has returned, with a touch of quirkiness and some oldies but goodies – five anagrams (two partials), two lurkers (one a possible lurker), and one homophone.
Candidates for favourite – 2d, 3d, and 23d.
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:
7a Sale I find, after negotiation, agreed upon (9)
What better than an anagram (after negotiation) to start of SALE I FIND.
10a Quiet moment for comedy routine (6)
The two letter interjection to request quiet and a synonym of moment.
11a Touring America, rebel surprisingly OK for further employment (8)
An anagram (surprisingly) of REBEL containing (touring) the three letter abbreviation for America.
16a Heart perhaps in rogue broken by lover, finally (4)
A three letter type of rogue containing (broken by) the last letter (finally) of loveR.
19a Just so optimal, every second in paradise (6)
Is this a lurker? Every second (letter) in the rest of the clue – a real lurker can be found at 27a.
21a Sluggish swim, rubbish doing the backstroke? (6)
A term for a (recreational) swim followed by a synonym of rubbish (as an interjection?) all reversed (doing the backstroke).
26a Drinker maybe rudely allowed to bring glass (6)
A slang term (maybe rudely) for the part of the face we drink through followed by a single word for allowed to bring.
28a Device on tree with pin broken (3-6)
An anagram (broken) of ON TREE and (with) PIN .
1d Fine political leaning (5)
A double definition – the second is not represented by the colour red.
3d Very bad, like a candle? (6)
Another double definition, which, unlike 1d, depends on different pronunciations of the same word.
6d Red alert activated about posh chap messing around? (9)
An anagram (activated) of RED ALERT containing (about) the letter used to represent posh.
15d Hesitant female changing (9)
The single letter for female followed by a synonym of changing.
17d Pass, then stretch out to go round a keeper (6)
A synonym of pass followed by (then) a three letter term for stretch out (as in expressing a terminological inexactitude) containing (to go round) A from the clue.
This is Tim Krul who played a key role in the Canaries win over Manchester City yesterday.
20d By the sound of it, ancient Briton chosen (6)
The homophone (by the sound of it) of an ancient Briton.
23d Women only saving me — those chaps are macho! (2-3)
A single word associated with women only functions containing (saving) ME from the clue.
25d Catch slow-mover that hasn’t started (4)
A slow moving gastropod mollusc with its first letter removed (that hasn’t started).
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Small Faces, only one week at number one (probably thankfully) starting on this day in 1966: