Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3034 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, as forecast, we had our first polar plunge of the season, or whatever the correct meteorological term is; thank goodness for car accessories such as remote starters and seat warmers.
Today, Dada about as benevolent as he will ever get – I counted five anagrams (including partials), no lurkers, and one homophone (with a Hmm) – all in an asymmetric 29 clues, with 16 hints you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 14a, 28a, and 22d.
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 Piece of cake tethering stray dog (7)
A (large) piece of a (matrimonial) cake containing (tethering) a synonym of stray.
11a A gross I counted, sold (9)
A from the clue followed by an anagram (gross) of I COUNTED.
12a Hunter of rhino regularly ending in prison (5)
Letters selected regularly from OF RHINO followed by the last letter (ending in) of prisoN.
17a Political understanding required, as nation re-elected maverick? (7,8)
An anagram (maverick) of NATION RE-ELECTED.
19a Provider of food feeding endless tea to guardian (7)
TEa with its last letter removed (endlessly) inserted into (feeding) a synonym of guardian.
27a By the sound of it, roof closing (7)
The homophone (by the sound of it) of a synonym of (internal) roof – Hmm.
28a Idiot put fish with pork pie! (7)
A freshwater fish of the salmon family followed by (with) what Cockneys refer to as a pork pie.
1d Sound artist out (6)
An anagram (out) of ARTIST – think marine.
3d Takeaway food put in large vessel for horse (10)
A type of (originally Italian) takeaway food inserted into (put in) a type of large vessel – think marine again.
4d Marsupial, one breaking ring on bird (9)
The single letter used to indicate one inserted into (breaking) a type of ring and a type of (water) bird.
6d Quiet moment for routine (6)
A two letter interjection for (be) quiet and a term for (a) moment.
15d Business proceedings under Asian runner (10)
Another term for (court) proceedings placed after (under) an Asian river (runner).
17d Dreamer is set to travel around peak (8)
An anagram (to travel) of IS SET containing (around) a synonym of peak.
20d One in temple raised on an island off the Chinese mainland (6)
The single letter used to represent one (again) inserted into (in) a Thai Buddhist temple (so says the BRB) reversed (raised) followed by (on) AN from the clue.
22d Sun seemingly in old money? (6)
The slang term for what 2.5 pence used to be.
25d Slight guess, inconclusive (4)
A (verbal) synonym of guess with the last letter removed (inconclusive).
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Boney M with the Christmas number one from 1978, a cover version of Harry Belafonte’s 1956 hit: