Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3032 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where most of the week has been spent celebrating the Winnipeg Blue Bombers winning Earl Grey’s Cup last Sunday, after a 29 year ‘drought,’ thus becoming Canadian Football League Champions (not real football – a variation of the game played below the 49th parallel – 60 minutes playing time, but it takes 3 hours plus to complete a game).
In his 55th Sunday puzzle, Dada is back to quirky – I counted four anagrams, one (reverse) lurker, but no homophones – with a symmetric 28 clues and 16 hints you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 1a, 10a, 3d, and 9d.
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 Greek doctor‘s African native cases (11)
The abbreviated name of a four legged African native followed by a synonym of cases.
11a Suspect noticing nothing in disguise (9)
An anagram (suspect) of noticing followed by the single letter that can represent nothing.
13a Fitted into ladders, good steps (5)
The single letter for good inserted (fitted) into an alternative term for ladders in, for example, ladies hosiery.
18a Landing place one left after finals in British private school (8)
The single letter used to represent one and the nautical left all placed after the last letters (finals) of the last three words in the clue.
20a Eye cell about right, a part of the visual organ (6)
One of the light sensitive cells in the eye containing (about) the single letter for right, followed by A from the clue.
24a Pole grows tired before Welsh runner (9)
A single word for grows tired placed before a Welsh runner that flows into the Severn estuary near Cardiff.
26a Driven people, evidently in the pink? (9)
Written as (3,6) it suggests a country relying on a particular mode of transport.
28a Dish served up? That’s unrealistic (3,2,3,3)
A type of food served at high altitude?
2d Bay I left, consumed by land (5)
I from the clue, followed by the single letter for left inserted into (consumed by) a synonym of land (as applied to fishing).
3d A meaty whopper? (4,3)
Cockney rhyming slang for a terminological inexactitude.
5d A priest claiming caught on the nose (8)
A from the clue and a junior (CofE at least) priest containing (claiming) the (crickety) abbreviation for caught.
7d Headache — suffering a little further down? (4,2,3,4)
An expression equivalent to a headache as a problem, but not as far down as some of you might think!
9d A mess, chow chow possibly? (4,9)
Two forms of what chow can be types of, and throw in a possessive S for good measure.
17d Admitted to unit if far gone after a turn, writing on the wall? (8)
The reverse lurker (admitted to . . . after a turn) found in the rest of the clue.
21d Person claiming stock exchange trader is prepared to act (2,5)
A three letter word for person containing (claiming) a stock exchange trader (who applies for shares in order to sell them immediately at a profit).
25d A shortfall, I’m afraid (5)
A from the clue followed by a synonym of shortfall.
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The Divine Miss M is 74 years young today, I saw her in a very enjoyable concert, with the soubriquet of Kiss My Brass, in San Antonio about 15 years ago, here she is with a song from the soundtrack of the 1988 film Beaches, in which she starred (the song was written in 1982 by Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley and recorded by several others before it was chosen for the film):