Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3035 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we are forecast to have tee-shirt and shorts weather this afternoon with a temperature of plus 4 degrees.
Today, Dada is back to quirky with a sprinkling of seasonal clues – I counted five anagrams (including partials), two lurkers (one reversed), and one homophone – all in an almost symmetric 30 clues, with 17 hints you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 28a, 7d, and 8d.
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 Burnt offering, plain outrage (12)
Synonyms of plain and outrage.
11a Cake: nearly all covered in cereal, flipped over (6)
ALl from the clue with the last letter removed (nearly) contained by (covered in) a type of cereal all reversed (flipped over).
13a Follower, revolutionary in Vietnam’s eyes (3-3)
The reverse lurker (revolutionary in) found in the last two words of the clue.
15a Generous first dash of soda: without spirit? (8)
The initial letter (first dash) of Soda and a (3,4) expression that could be the same as without (minus a) spirit.
19a Agreement during Whitsun is ongoing (6)
The lurker (during) found in the rest of the clue.
21a Denying tiger fun proves foolish (8)
An anagram (proves foolish) of TIGER FUN.
26a Fluff English, reading, writing and arithmetic, bagging zero (5)
The single letter for English and how reading, writing, and arithmetic are sometimes referred to containing (bagging) the single letter that can represent zero.
28a Tree certainly not tidy around end of December (6,6)
A (2,3) interjection equivalent to certainly not and a synonym of tidy containing (around) the last letter (end) of DecembeR.
1d She and I fry fresh salmon etc, caught here (7)
An anagram (fresh) of SHE and I FRY.
3d Bird I come to after Manx cat (9)
I from the clue and a single word for come to, all placed after a synonym for cat with its last latter (tail) removed (Manx).
4d By all conclusions, when to raise hell — party season? (4)
The last letters (by all conclusions) of four words in the clue.
6d Generous type, devil with tail up somewhat? (5)
The name of the biblical devil with its last letter ‘moved up’ a number of positions (tail up somewhat).
8d Where ancient giant stood in more than one street, it’s said? (6)
The homophone (it’s said) of more than one (type of) street.
16d Touch on clue one’s nailed! (9)
Synonyms of touch and clue.
17d Prepare to catch with opener for Northants just out? (5,3)
A synonym of prepare (perhaps when applied to a hot drink) containing (to catch) a synonym of with plus the first letter (opener) of Northants.
20d Celebrity lacking in skill? (7)
Written as (3,4) a synonymic phrase of lacking in skill.
25d Lug rocks, ending on Salisbury Plain (4)
An anagram (rocks) of LUG followed by the last letter (ending on) of SalisburY.
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