Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3030 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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Let’s start with a poll today. Hands up all those who remember ST 2978. Hands up all those who prefer to not remember ST 2978.
A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg on the first anniversary of Dada as our Sunday setter (strictly speaking it’s tomorrow) when his first puzzle was that rather tricky ST 2978.
For the most part, Dada in a benevolent mood this week, or perhaps it was the Mouton Cadet assistance – I counted five anagrams, one lurker (reversed), and one homophone – with an asymmetric 29 clues and 16 hints you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 9a, 11a, 3d, 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:
1a Drink in brother’s bar, after cutting back (6)
The reversal (back) of all of a three letter abbreviation of brother, the possessive S from the clue, and BAr from the clue after the removal of the last letter (cutting).
9a Study poem rejected by poet, trusted friend (10)
A three letter synonym of study, a famous Kipling poem reversed (rejected), followed by an Italian poet.
11a Again transfer rule-breaking fool (8)
A type of fool inserted into (breaking) a term for a monarch’s rule.
15a Remains hanging around auberge in France, perhaps (8)
Historical remains containing (hanging around) a synonym of auberge – I did start thinking that France was doing double duty, but I don’t think it is.
19a Red stains by one’s ears? (4)
The homophone (by one’s ears) of stains, the illustration should help.
23a Over bit of fish I cast (8)
A bit (appendage) of (a) fish, I from the clue, and a synonym of cast (thinking of snakes might help).
26a Long canine used, sago roughly cut by fang, regularly (7,3)
An anagram (roughly) of USED, SAGO containing (cut by) alternate letters (regularly) of fang.
28a During attack, foreign article put down again (6)
A foreign (definite, not French for a change) article inserted into (during) a synonym of attack.
2d Taking lid off bottle, pour forth drink (5)
The first letter (taking lid off) of Bottle and a single word for pour forth (gently).
3d Blur face, but so grotesquely (9)
An anagram (grotesquely) of FACE, BUT SO – what a magnificent word!
5d Digger initially going in faster, as annual repairs concerning underground line? (3,7,5)
The first letter (initially) of Digger contained by (going in) an anagram (repairs concerning) of FASTER, AS ANNUAL.
7d Musician and cake decorator? (5)
A double definition – see the illustration for the first, the second is a little tongue in cheek hence the ‘?’.
14d A fine period at hospital — result! (9)
Lego at the ready – A from the clue, the single letter for fine, a synonym of period, AT from the clue, and the single letter for hospital to finish.
16d Lovely, nasty surprise (9)
A double definition, the first is probably no longer PC, the BRB says that it is informal and is a stunningly attractive young woman.
17d Throw black rock like that into container (8)
A black rock (or gemstone), followed by a single two letter word for like that inserted into a type of container.
24d Bug turning up in silo, certainly (1,4)
The reverse lurker (turning up in) found in the rest of the clue.
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A random selection this week, Judy Collins and Leonard Cohen, apparently they collaborated quite a lot. This is from a PBS TV (US Public Television) concert performance January 1976. They perform Leonard Cohen’s song, “Suzanne,” which Judy Collins had first recorded in 1966: