Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3025 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, after enjoying a balmy 19 degrees on Tuesday, we topped out at 6 degrees on Wednesday and, starting on Thursday, with the mercury falling even further, the wet stuff turned to two and a bit days of white stuff, courtesy of a ‘Colorado Low‘, and the Red River Floodway has been ‘activated’ for the first time ever in the Autumn since it was completed in 1968. This was my car on Friday morning.
Dada still quirky but not so much as last week – I counted six anagrams, and two each of lurkers and homophones – but only one of each is hinted.
Candidates for favourite – 10a, the 21a/11d combo, and 25a.
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 Book anything but easy going? (8)
A term for a type of book that includes an antonym of easy.
10a Unseated, seat discussed (6)
One of the homophones (discussed), the other is 30a, of a (formal) type of seat.
13a Try to restrain flightless bird, certainly! (4,4)
A (legal) synonym of try containing (to restrain) the illustrated bird.
15a Silly error entering US state, forgetting capital (7)
A type of error inserted into (entering) a US state with its capital letter removed (forgetting).
21a Box containing old humorous sketch (7)
A box, made from a paper based product, containing the single letter for old.
25a Beds etc in use, cot needs tidying (8)
An anagram (needs tidying) of IN USE, COT (and not necessarily associated with sleeping).
26a Italian city in Milano revered after revolution? (6)
The first lurker which is reversed (in . . . after revolution), the second is 4d, found in the rest of the clue.
29a Top horse I backed, Jack perhaps on it (8)
An informal synonym of horse and I from the clue all reversed (backed) preceded by (on it) what Jack may be a type of (perhaps).
30a Fish: it’s angry when provoked (8)
An anagram (when provoked) of IT’S ANGRY – and yes, I know from personal experience it’s angry when it’s provoked.
1d Cheerful call from attention-seeker stealing paintings, say (6)
An interjection used to attract attention containing (stealing) the descriptive noun for paintings.
3d Foundation inspiring family from Indonesia (8)
A type of foundation containing (inspiring) a term for family (ancestry).
6d Pakistani city I see in mythology (6)
A two letter interjection that can be used for I see inserted into (in) a synonym of mythology.
7d Dog beginning to bark: further note about that in book (8)
The two letter abbreviation for a further note containing (about that) a synonym of or a name for a dog and the first letter (beginning to) of Bark gives an OT book – I had to include this one for Brian.
11d Minimal amount of funding as 21 strip? (7)
A quantity of 21a combined into a famous ‘strip’.
17d Container of soup somewhere in Greater Manchester has run out (8)
A town, formerly in Cheshire, now part of Greater Manchester with the single letter for run removed (has . . . out).
18d Mixture thus I found in airport (8)
A two letter synonym of thus followed by an airport that was Lorraine Chase’s alternative to paradise containing I from the clue (found in) .
22d Heading off fight, English prime minister once (6)
A type of fight (between armies?) with the first letter removed (heading off) and the single letter for English.
27d Don’t eat like a sprinter! (4)
A descriptive term that can be applied to a sprinter.
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After last week’s Geldof, some culture this week – yesterday was the 84th anniversary of Luciano Pavarotti’s birth – this is from a Three Tenors concert in Los Angeles in 1994: