Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3027 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg from where I am hoping that all UK (and EU) participants remembered to turn their clocks back one hour last night, over here, we don’t have to do that until next weekend, I think. However, in the blogging world, I don’t have to worry about GMT and BST, I just tell WordPress to publish at 10:00am and it does the rest.
Apart from some quirkiness in the SE, Dada continues with benevolence this week – I counted four anagrams, one lurker, and no homophones.
Candidates for favourite – 12a, 24a, and 22d.
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 Where one type of varnish may be applied, at once (2,3,4)
Provide an expression that describes a ‘location’ for a type of varnish.
10a Running backwards, easily beat old racehorse (3,3)
An informal 6 letter synonym of easily beat reversed (running backwards).
12a Stop! Revolution won’t change that (4,2)
The answer is palindromic (revolution won’t change that).
16a Upmarket pound shop! (4)
An anagram (pound) of SHOP.
19a Relative wants us to invest in currency (6)
A synonym of currency containing (wants . . . to invest in) US from the clue.
24a Get on horse at the start, it repeatedly getting away (3,2,3)
The first (at the start) letter of Horse, IT from the clue repeated, and a single word for getting away.
27a Soaked up by escalope, stonking sauce (5)
The lurker (soaked up by) found in the rest of the clue.
28a Turn hand, getting fly off the handle (2,7)
A synonym of turn (as in participation) and the fruit which is collectively known as a hand.
1d Join in the main event before over, all ending (5)
The last letters (all ending) of five words in the clue.
3d Help at the centre, tackling call — tough stuff (6)
The centre letters of hELp containing (tackling) a synonym of call.
4d Get a grip with this immoral activity (4)
A double definition.
6d Get girl to imbibe say — from this? (9)
Synonyms of get and girl (not a girl’s name RD) containing (to imbibe) the Latin based abbreviation for say.
15d Range so old, time for a change (9)
An anagram (for a change) of SO OLD, TIME.
18d Caribbean breakfast food: a tin one has opened (8)
A type of (spreadable) breakfast food, A from the clue and a synonym of tin containing (has opened) the single letter for one – Hmm.
22d Fine, light touch, heavy weight being lifted (3,3)
A type of light touch and a heavy weight all reversed (being lifted) – a groan when the penny dropped on this one.
25d Sell game that’s on the up (4)
A game that is sometimes referred to as ‘a good walk spoiled’ reversed (that’s on the up)..
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A random selection this week – some enjoyable Bill Bailey ‘nonsense’ from his Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra performed at the RAH in 2008: