Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3023 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where the mercury is falling; we started out yesterday at 0 degrees and have a forecast high of 7 degrees for today.
Dada is very quirky today – six anagrams (two partials), one lurker, but no homophones.
Candidates for favourite – 9a, 6d, and 20d.
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 Volume better to the west of a large town (8)
A synonym of better before (to the west of) A from the clue and a single word for large town.
5a Grow thinner when knocked back, eating nothing (6)
The short name of a liquid used for thinning other types of liquid reversed and containing (when knocked back, eating) the letter that can represent nothing.
12a French port cold I’m afraid to say: one wrapped up (6)
The single letter for cold followed by the single word which can mean I’m afraid to say containing (wrapped up) the letter used to represent one as a numeral.
13a Italian name lies in tatters (8)
An anagram (in tatters) of NAME LIES gives, for example, a resident of an Italian city.
22a Spread European butter the wrong way on end of baguette (8)
A resident of a European (Scandinavian) country and a small amount of butter all reversed (the wrong way) followed by the last letter (on end) of baguettE.
23a Supplier of punch packed with booze finally joining a party (6)
How the hand is presented to supply a punch containing the last letter (packed with . . . finally) of booze followed by (joining) A from the clue.
28a Amount multiplied by ten invested in film (6)
The letter used as a symbol for multiplied by and TEN from the clue all inserted into (invested in) one of cruciverbalists’ favourite films (personally, I have never seen it).
29a Trouble in North Yorkshire town, peacekeepers sent ahead (8)
The two letters used for peacekeepers placed before (sent ahead) of a North Yorkshire town (at the Southern end of a famous railway line).
1d Note bird talking (8)
A type of note and a type of bird (family).
3d Female garment requiring some fabric, hem is extended (7)
The lurker (requiring some) found in the rest of the clue.
6d Tongue injection, one beyond a joke (7)
An informal synonym for injection and the letter used to represent one as a numeral (for the second time today) all placed after (beyond) a type of joke.
10d Sweet thing the writer put in message (8)
The perpendicular pronoun that may be used by the writer and a synonym of put all inserted into (in) a type of message.
14d Brandy very appealing initially, as cold unfortunately outside (8)
An anagram (unfortunately) of AS COLD containing (outside) the first letters (initially) of Very and Appealing.
17d Hundred cuts say distributed over extra wood (8)
The letter used to indicate hundred Inserted into (cuts) an anagram (distributed) of SAY all placed before (over) a synonym of extra.
20d Those people briefly, I reckon, in Muslim kingdom (7)
The informal version (briefly) of a pronoun that indicates those people, I from the clue, and a synonym of reckon.
24d Quick writer (5)
Double definition – the second was an Anglo-Irish satirist and essayist in the 17th and 18th centuries.
25d Privy to information, nobody of note initially (2,2)
The initial letters of four words in the clue.
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Helen Shapiro, 73 years young yesterday, with her second number one from October 1961; this is apparently from a compilation programme called ‘Pop Go The Sixties’ first broadcast on December 31, 1969 but with the BBC Four logo in the top LH corner repeated at least once: