Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3022 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we had our mini-heatwave at the beginning of the week with 30 degree temperatures plus another 6 or 7 degrees for the effect of humidity! Then we have ended the week with a stormy Friday and a very ‘soggy’ Saturday with very soaked fields, flooded streets, and flooded basements.
The benevolence that we enjoyed last week did not last very long, Dada is definitely quirky today, I hope Brian took his BRB to Tenerife because he is going to need it – six anagrams, one lurker, but no homophones.
Candidates for favourite – 23a, 24a, 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 Hideous thing in story, most crude (11)
An anagram (crude) of IN STORY MOST.
11a Old chronicler has stuff to write about, old sport (5,4)
A synonym of stuff reversed (to write about), the single letter for old, and a sport (played on horse back).
12a Egyptian queen jogging in, fitter having run around Egypt’s capital (9)
An anagram (jogging) of IN, FITTER containing (having run around) the initial (capital) letter of Egypt.
16a Hybrid of rodent and ox, very close! (4,4)
Another anagram (hybrid) of RODENT and OX.
23a Group of nine fishermen made redundant then? (5)
If fishermen were in the situation described when the answer is written (2,3) they could be made redundant.
24a Tongue out, eat! (6,3)
A tongue (as in language) used in a European country followed by a synonym of out.
27a Might they take part in musical, to sing? (5)
The lurker (might they take part in) found in the rest of the clue.
28a Second-rate, I gathered, lack of respect on church property (11)
An anagram (gathered) of SECOND RATE, I.
2d Both cricket sides constantly interrupted (2-3)
The two sides of the wicket separated by a hyphen.
5d Fish, ridiculous in a dress! (8)
An anagram (ridiculous) of IN A DRESS.
7d Ridiculous concern for devilry (5,8)
Synonyms of ridiculous and concern.
9d Bad job: bone to chew on, perhaps? (4,9)
The chewer of a bone may have one for one of its meals.
15d Four neighbouring characters, one entering wood — dark entertainment (4,4)
Take a three letter type of wood (or tree) and insert (entering) four consecutive (neighbouring) letters from the alphabet and the single letter used for one (and the answer is in the BRB).
17d Turn off course over Channel for bomber, for example? (8)
A single word for turn off course (yes, it’s in the BRB) and a synonym of channel.
21d Parvenu happy before initiation (7)
A two letter word for happy placed before a synonym of initiation.
25d Unfashionable affair, better (5)
Synonyms of unfashionable and affair.
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