Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3031 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where Winter is beginning to take a firmer grip with more of the fluffy white stuff form of precipitation.
For me, Dada beyond quirky this week, it was almost like turning the clock back 12 months – I counted only two anagrams (one of then partial), one lurker, and two homophones – with a symmetric 32 clues and 18 hints I hope you will be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 20a, 25a, and 1d.
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 Dictator free from blemish? (6)
When the answer is written as (2-4) it could mean to free from blemish.
9a Exam the night before has broken everyone (1,5)
A three letter term for the night before inserted into (has broken) a synonym for everyone.
10a Dreadful fools recoiling before sovereign (8)
A synonym of fools reversed (recoiling) and placed before a (male) sovereign.
17a Decent message about drones, I gathered (12)
A (pre-email) type of (urgent) message containing (about) an anagram (gathered) of DRONES I.
20a Search in gospel to protect love — what’s that ? (8,4)
A type of search, IN from the clue, and the second gospel containing (to protect) the letter used to indicate the score of love in a racquet game.
23a Castle where villain guillotined (4)
A type of villain with its initial (head) letter removed (guillotined).
25a Celebrity like a couch potato, they say? (4)
A homophone (they say) of an adjective for how one might describe a couch potato.
29a Modern painting perhaps showing stretch of Italian river? (3,3)
Cruciverbalists’ favourite Italian river followed by a term that could perhaps be a synonym of stretch as it relates to a river.
31a Run, taking overnight bags (6)
The lurker (bags) found in the rest of the clue.
1d Failing ward, it’s suggested? (8)
WARD from the clue could become (it’s suggested) a failing if reversed.
3d By the sound of it, poem due (4)
A homophone (by the sound of it) of a type of poem
7d Caught — as toe may be? (6)
How one might describe a toe if it has its ‘horny plate’ attached.
15d Negative quantity in heavenly body one mile up (5)
Our illuminating heavenly body, the single letter for one, and the abbreviation for mile all reversed (up).
16d Aircraft, fifth blueprint? (5)
A synonym of blueprint followed by the letter that could indicate its fifth iteration.
18d Scoundrel about right, willing cheat, say? (4,4)
A three letter scoundrel containing (about) the single letter for right and a synonym of willing.
19d As ‘Lark Rise’ showing ends, reveal basic framework (8)
The last letters (showing ends) of the first three words of the clue and a (3,2) synonymic phrase for reveal.
22d Down second wine (6)
A two letter synonym of (a) second and a type of wine.
27d Engine off the rails (4)
A double definition – the first is an abbreviation for a type of engine.
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Billy Connolly, with a parody of a song originally performed by American country singer Tammy Wynette, enjoyed one week at number one starting November 22, 1975: