Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3036 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where the Boxing Day (or is it Week) Sales are in full swing – I am surprised that people still have funds available, or is it all on plastic?
Today, Dada is still in a quirky frame of mind – I counted four anagrams, one lurker, and three, yes three, homophones – all in an almost symmetric 27 clues, with 16 hints you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 10a, 3d, and 7d.
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 Flashing light set or not, beep occurring intermittently (6)
Select alternate (occurring intermittently) letters from four words in the clue.
10a Copper symbolically said farewell (3,3)
The first homophone (said) using the phonetic pronunciation of the letters of the chemical symbol for copper.
12a Superstar finally getting involved, some roles shifted about (4,2,4)
The last letter (finally) of superstaR inserted into (getting involved) in an anagram (shifted) of SOME ROLES.
13a PM and Queen talk, in series of minor knocks (6-6)
The surname of a Prime Minister (well father and son PMs actually), HM’s regnal cypher, and a synonym of talk.
20a Roman Catholic in small boat off the Sussex coast? Speedy vessel (10)
A small ‘boat’ placed after (off) a Sussex coastal town containing the abbreviation for Roman Catholic.
21a Servant forced to dictate? (4)
The second homophone (to dictate) of a synonym of forced.
24a Twenty to eleven — confirmed the later showing ends there (6)
The selection of the last letters (showing ends) of the first six words of the clue.
25a Tool sellers dropping drink at the front (6))
A synonym of sellers with a ‘leading’ (at the front) synonym of drink removed (dropping).
1d When jiggled about, pin set to move! (4,2,2)
An anagram (when jiggled about) of PIN SET TO.
3d Baker’s mistake? (7)
A synonym of mistake which could be attributed to a baker.
6d Horse fed large alcoholic drink, one of those beaten (5,4)
A synonym of horse containing (fed) the single letter for large followed by a type of alcoholic drink.
7d Six out of nine go, I stay — one considers no one else (6)
The lurker found by selecting six consecutive letters out of four words in the clue.
14d Player saw red, one wearing bronze (9)
A single word for saw red (as in displaying anger) and the letter used to represent one all inserted into (wearing) a synonym of bronze.
17d Solitary type referring to sign welcoming son (7)
The two letters that can be used for referring to, and a type of sign containing (welcoming) the single letter for son.
19d Down perhaps, reckon needing holiday finally (6)
A synonym of reckon followed (needing) by the last letter (finally) of holidaY.
21d So-called fundamental state (5)
The third homophone (so-called) of a synonym of fundamental.
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Marianne Faithfull is 73 years young today, here she is with a Jagger/Richards composition from 1964 which reached number 9 in the charts: