Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3028 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where a week of confusion caused by the difference between Manitoba time and UK time being reduced to 5 hours, with the end of BST last Sunday, ended at 2:00 am when our clocks ‘fell back’ to Central Standard Time. It’s about time (sic) that all this ‘springing forward’ and ‘falling back’ came to an end!
Dada back to quirky, with a crickety touch, this week (perhaps he’s getting ready for his first anniversary in two weeks time) – I counted five anagrams, one lurker (reversed), and one homophone – 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 – 15a, 1d, and 7d.
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 Secretive behavior in the last novel (7)
An anagram to start (novel) of THE LAST.
10a Look to probe English university for charging again (9)
An archaic synonymic interjection of look inserted into (to probe) an English university which when pronounced differently can sound like the term for learning activity at all universities.
11a In fear, crouch lower before Her Majesty (5)
A farm animal that lows placed before HM’s regnal cypher.
12a Test team batting, help to make a comeback? (5)
The two letter term for (crickety) batting followed by a synonym of help reversed (to make a comeback).
15a With nothing to lose, chase cherry for big innings (7)
A synonym of chase with the letter for nothing removed (with . . . to lose) and the colour that cherry is a type of.
18a Something electric, possibly, in country working independently (9)
What is shown in the illustration that can be electric contained by (in) a country that is our nearest European neighbour.
23a Fruity thing me cuddling member, a youth (9)
ME from the clue containing (cuddling) all of: a bodily member, A from the clue, and a synonym of youth.
25a Card revealed when turned over, bet initially lost (7)
A (3,2) synonymic phrase for revealed reversed (when turned over) followed by
bET from the clue with the first letter removed (initially lost).
1d Middle Eastern performance shaking corporation? (5,5)
A type of performance that involves ‘shaking’ the part of the body that can be informally known as corporation.
2d Seen looking to the north in zodiac, a playful animal (6)
The reverse lurker (seen looking to the north) found in the rest of the clue.
5d It’s hard to get on with family member nursing cold (8)
A (male) family member containing (nursing) a synonym of cold.
7d Wash beneath right hand (8,5)
A synonym of wash after (beneath) a synonym of right.
9d Equestrian affair venerated, they fancy (5-3,5)
An anagram (fancy) of VENERATED, THEY.
17d Promising vigorous music, organ installed (8)
An organ of the body inserted into (installed) a type of music that was very popular in the 1930s and 1940s.
20d Pound to secure vessel, barely enough (6))
A type of animal pound containing (to secure) a type of vessel.
22d Superb penalty (4)
A double definition to finish.
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A video of two Spanish ladies singing in English for a German audience, number one for one week starting on October 29, 1977: