Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3029 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg on this Remembrance Sunday.
Dada continues to be quirky this week and, perhaps, is bordering on 23a – I counted five anagrams, one lurker (reversed), and no homophones – with 30 clues and 17 hints you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 9a, 15a, and 18d.
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 Definitely not smart to cross river in wood (6,6)
An informal (2,3) synonymic phrase for definitely not and a synonym of smart containing (to cross) the single letter for river.
10a Reminiscent of the past, inferior terraced houses, west-facing (5)
The reversed lurker (houses, west facing) found in the rest of the clue.
12a Cheese poor, nice crackers (8)
An anagram (crackers) of POOR, NICE gives a term for all Italian cheeses made from sheep’s milk.
15a Making tuneful sound, flashy armour? (8)
Written (3,4) this could be flashy armour.
18a Veterans maintaining good condition in horse (8)
A synonym of veterans, often combined with old, containing (maintaining) the single letter for good.
23a Quite strange sending back party food (6)
The two letter synonym for party reversed (sending back) and a descriptive term for (prepared) food.
26a Cushion trimmed at the front in many cases (5)
A synonym of cushion with the first letter removed (trimmed at the front).
28a Italian team calling for half-time? (12)
The short (informal) form of an Italian (round ball game) team and a synonym of calling.
1d Squeezed between poles, shaft becomes smaller (7)
A type of shaft inserted into (squeezed between) two geographic poles.
3d Showing up late in the evening perhaps, lot of noise generated at first (9)
Late in the evening perhaps (2,3) followed by a lot of noise and the initial letter (at first) of generated – thanks to BD for putting me straight on this one.
5d Rocky mineral broken by fine soldier (8)
An anagram (rocky) of MINERAL containing (broken by) the single letter for fine.
8d Food centre stretched to provide tea (6)
The centre letters of fOOd and a synonym of stretched gives a variety of black tea with the flavor of green.
14d Sergeant doctored substances found in laboratory (8)
An anagram (doctored) of SERGEANT.
17d Flower border: tedious stuff written about that (8)
A type of border with a term for tedious stuff written about it – I did suggest in my preamble that Dada was a little 23a today.
18d Perfect prize scooped by boy (4,2)
An informal synonym of a type of prize contained (scooped) by a type of boy.
22d What’s carried by responsible type on principle (5)
An item that is said to be carried when declaring responsibility followed by ON from the clue.
2d Stop NY baseball team going up (4)
There are two (major league) baseball teams in NY – this is the other, perhaps lesser known, one reversed (going up).
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