Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3037 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we have enjoyed several days of unseasonably warm temperatures – highs of mid minus single digits instead of mid minus teens.
Dada starts the 2020 Sunday puzzles in a benevolent frame of mind, however, there are some quirky synonyms – I counted five anagrams, two of them partials, no lurkers, and one homophone – in a symmetric 28 clues, with 16 hints you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 17a, 26a, 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 Mutual connection in gracious story (11)
A synonym of gracious as an interjection expressing surprise followed by a synonym of story.
10a Advertisement featured by flier (6)
A (somewhat obscure, but it’s in the BRB) synonym of advertisement and a two letter synonym of featured by.
13a Man bottling wine very early in the morning (7)
A man, of which there are 16 in that board game, containing (bottling) a generic type of wine.
15a One pub joining another in welcoming a savage (9)
A synonym for pub after (joining) another one of the same, followed by IN from the clue containing (welcoming) A from the clue.
17a Area of expertise for bloke in East Midlands town (9)
When written as (3’1, 5), a synonym of bloke with a possessive S (for) followed by a single word for area of expertise.
24a One pulling a fast one, did you say? That’s very quick (7)
The homophone (did you say?) of a single word for one pulling a fast one.
26a First language I rejected: Swahili finally embraced (7)
A (ancient, some might say dead) language and I from the clue all reversed (rejected) containing (embraced) the last letter (finally) of SwahilI.
27a Engineer: worker needing time on platform (5-6)
A (human) worker followed by (needing) a (period of) time after (on) a type of platform.
2d Empire that’s been stuffed (7)
A double definition – the illustration is an example of the second.
3d Pure nonsense, board trustworthy (9)
An anagram (nonsense) of PURE and a synonym of board.
5d Chunky rolls with cheese that’s fine and crisp (7)
A synonym of chunky reversed (rolls) and a type of (Greek) cheese.
7d Change medium, it getting hard for metalworker (11)
A (obsolete?) term for (monetary) change, the single letter for medium, IT from the clue, and the single letter for hard.
11d Suntan I worked on, agony briefly (2,1,8)
An anagram (worked on) of SUNTAN I and a synonym of agony.
18d A lot, by inference? I don’t think so (3,1,3)
A negative phrase that infers equivalence to a lot.
19d Foil work, perhaps, putting up barriers (7)
A double definition – the first is a sport.
23d Best put paper under contract at first (5)
A quantity of paper placed after (put . . .under) the first letter of Contract.
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On December 11, 1968, Scaffold went to number one with Lily the Pink, then, on January 1, 1969, Marmalade replaced them with Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, then, on January 8, 1969, Scaffold replaced them with Lily the Pink, then, on January 15, 1969, Marmalade replaced them with Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, and stayed at number until January 29, 1969. If you managed to follow all that here is Marmalade with, probably, some of the worst ‘lip syncing’ ever: