Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3026 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where this is my 150th overall blog – 142 STs and 8 DTs – so, perhaps, I have only solved and hinted on the equivalent of 79 puzzles plus or minus a few.
Dada has returned to benevolence this week, thank goodness, but there were a couple of Hmms – I counted four anagrams (one partial), two lurkers (one reversed), and no homophones – with 28 clues and 16 hints you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 10a, 1d, and 9d.
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 Setter unhappy when all becoming dimmer? (7)
An object in the heavens which is a setter on a regular basis combined with a synonym of unhappy.
10a Ebbing and flowing tempo that’s out of this world! (4,5)
Find a 5 letter synonym of tempo and reverse it (ebbing) and follow it with a 4 letter synonym of tempo not reversed (flowing) and divide per the enumeration.
11a For example, king or lord might live here (5)
What a king is an example of in a board game and OR from the clue.
13a Can of worms on which butter would melt? (3,6)
An edible two word synonymic phrase for can of worms.
17a West Street Providence, say, for brilliant performers (7)
The first name of the famous actress with the surname West, the abbreviated form of Street, and the abbreviated form of the US state that Providence is the capital of (say) – this one generated a Hmm.
18a Chicken on range fills container, however (4,5)
A female chicken followed by (on) the brand name of a type of (cooking) range all inserted into (fills) a type of (metallic) container.
23a Decent restaurant rejected sack containing rotten sprout (9)
A type of sack reversed (rejected) containing an anagram (rotten) of SPROUT.
25a Look at setting off a bomb with old flame (7)
A from the clue and a type of bomb all preceded by (setting off . . . with) the two letters that can indicate an old flame.
1d Emphasise it’s nineteen or fewer? (10)
Written (5,5) it describes nineteen and lesser numbers.
2d Little growth in Nairobi, as no businesses set up (6)
The reversed lurker (in . . . set up) found in the rest of the clue – the regular lurker is 21a.
5d Proper wine a shade of yellow (8)
A synonym of proper and a type of wine.
6d Always the most superior of swimmers, with arched neck? (4)
The first letters (always the most superior of) four words in the clue.
9d He is number two here (8,5)
This all depends on the interpretation of He in the clue, once you have realised that it represents the first of the noble gases and applied your GCE O-Level Chemistry knowledge you should be home and dry – another Hmm here.
17d Politician is introduced to someone making money, quite possibly? (8)
IS from the clue inserted into (introduced to) a term (quite possibly) for someone making money, not earning it.
20d Insult party and 17 Down upset (6)
The short form of a (political) party and the short form of address for a 17 Down in the church all reversed (upset).
22d A grate, not quite shut (4)
A from the clue and a synonym of grate.
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This is the Dutch group Pussycat, number one for four weeks starting October 16, 1976 (although the video says 1975, it must have been a ‘sleeper’):