Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3024 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, after near record rainfall of over three times the monthly average in September and continuing rainfall in this first week of October, plus the result of storms in North Dakota and Minnesota, the Red River looks like it is at Spring thaw flood levels, except there aren’t any mini-icebergs floating downsteam.
Dada at his quirkiest today, which is what I didn’t need after waking up early to watch a particular oval ball game being played in Japan and attending an all day Diocesan Conference which resulted in me being somewhat cream crackered at puzzle time – I counted five anagrams (one a partial), two lurkers, and one homophone.
Candidates for favourite – 9a, 18a, and 7d.
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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 Level throw (5)
A double definition to start.
9a Very little cutting, calculating nicks (9)
A three letter synonym of calculating contains (nicks) a synonym of cutting.
11a Currently hot, flex burning (7)
A single word for currently hot followed by a synonym of flex – unless I have got this totally wrong, I am not convinced that flex and the required synonym are totally synonymous.
13a Sort of car, say, behind back of bike (6)
A synonym of say placed after (behind) the last letter (back) of bikE.
18a Actor, this person featuring in ‘The Bridge’ (8)
The perpendicular pronoun representing this person inserted into (featuring in) THE from the clue a synonym of bridge.
20a Last of owls has best hoot! (6)
The last letter of owlS followed by (has) a synonym of best.
24a Welcomed by minstrel, earnings pick up again (7)
The second lurker, the first is 10a, (welcomed by) found in the rest of the clue.
28a More fashionable than the rest, stop in northern Italian city briefly (9)
A synonym of stop inserted into (in) a Northern (actually more North-Eastern) Italian City with its last letter removed (briefly).
29a Cute daughter in woollen material (5)
A synonym of cute followed by the single letter for daughter.
1d Deadly piste negotiated: fast time? (9)
An anagram (negotiated) of PISTE followed the time of fasting in the Christian Calendar.
3d Musical number coming up — might that go over one’s head? (7)
A late 1960s rock musical (I saw it twice) followed by a three letter number reversed (coming up).
4d Band‘s ‘Ugly Duckling’ on the radio (6)
The homophone (on the radio) of what the ‘Ugly Duckling’ really was when it was young.
7d Nation in hole: upset about that! (9)
A synonym of upset containing (about that) IN from the clue and a synonym of hole.
14d Consequently the judge rushed, having doffed cap (9)
Lego at the ready! THE from the clue, an abbreviated form of a type of judge, and a synonym of rushed with its first letter removed (having doffed cap).
19d Surprisingly deep, a cloth evenly folded (7)
An anagram (surprisingly) of DEEP, A and the even letters of cLoTh.
21d Player needing room is first to tackle (7)
More Lego. A small, probably sparsely furnished, room, IS from the clue, and the initial letter (first to) of Tackle.
23d Stake keeps one in place (5)
A synonym of stake contains (keeps) the single letter used for one – I have amended the hint per the discussions so far – while ‘put in place’ may be first in the BRB listing of the answer it is not a definition I am familiar with based on my usage of the word – oh well..
25d A gorgeous woman appeared (5)
A from the clue and a single (floral) word for gorgeous woman.
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Bob Geldof, KBE celebrated his 68th birthday yesterday. Here he is with an impromptu performance of a number one hit for The Boomtown Rats in July/August 1979 at the Live 8 Concert; in Hyde Park on July 2, 2005: