Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3033 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we have been enjoying seasonal, or better than seasonal, temperatures for the last week or so – that all comes to an end in a few days time when we will have at least two days with a high temperature of minus 21 degrees.
After yesterday’s challenge, thankfully we have a somewhat benevolent Dada today – I counted three anagrams, one lurker, and one homophone (not hinted, but it’s 25a) – all in a symmetric 26 clues, with 14 hints you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 12a, 20a, and 3d.
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 View old shackle (7)
The single letter for old and a synonym of shackle.
8a Cunning gags aren’t very good (7)
A three letter synonym of cunning contains (gags) an informal version of aren’t.
11a Excerpt from audiotape, little bit (4)
The lurker (excerpt from) found in the middle word of the clue.
15a Spilt leaving tram, sour condiment (4,7)
An anagram (spilt) of LEAVING TRAM.
20a Wind bringing flower into small city (8)
A type of flower inserted in (bringing . . . into) cruciverabalists’ favourite small (Fenland) city.
23a Lively Greek character caught by superior (3-7)
A synonym(?) of superior containing (caught by) a Greek letter (character) – the seventh in the Greek alphabet.
26a Dog ending in shower, one with blackened face? (7)
A breed of dog followed by the last letter (ending in) of showeR.
1d Decent over, yes? (7)
A two letter synonym of over (as in finished) followed by an interjection that can be a synonym of yes.
3d A large friendly bear standing up, fair game? (4-2)
A from the clue, the single letter for large, and a (fictional) friendly bear, which had its origins in Canada, all reversed (standing up).
5d Hint about something like passport scare (10)
A verbal synonym of hint containing (about) the two letter abbreviation for what a passport can be an example of (something like).
9d Weak girl as it happens on burgundy! (4-7)
A four letter girl’s name (oh dear), a single word for as it happens (when applied to a sporting event?), and what burgundy is a type of (other than being a wine).
16d Scores progressed during games (8)
A synonym of progressed (as applied to travel?) contained by (during) types of games, particularly those in knock-out competitions.
21d Opposition had to interrupt broadcast (6)
HAD from the clue inserted into (to interrupt) a synonym of broadcast (as applied to planting).
24d Person initially sick — what might one take? (4)
The first letter (initially) of Person and a synonym of sick.
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Jim Morrison, of The Doors, was born on this day in 1943. Here he is with the rest of the group singing Light My Fire, although I think some of the cover versions were better: