Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3038 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.
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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.
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Some hints follow:
1a Pack things (5)
A double definition to start – the first may relate to packing in a haphazard manner.
4a Sweet, country’s borders? (5)
Groan freely at this one – the first and last letters (borders) of CountrY surrounding the connective conjunction.
13a White lies disseminated in gang (8)
An anagram (disseminated) of LIES inserted into (in) a synonym of gang.
14a Track alongside sign in quiet location? (7)
The two letter abbreviation of a track used for transportation after (alongside) an astrological sign.
16a A number dry, waters finally drained out (6)
A synonym of dry with the last letter (finally) of waterS removed (drained out).
19a Good prices for freebooters (7)
The two letter short form of a synonym of good and a synonym of prices.
22a Ruined, as are three-wheelers and go-karts? (6)
Another groan might be appropriate here – how the construction of the terms three-wheelers and go-karts might be described.
23a Walk quietly — possible instruction to reader in formal attire (6)
An abbreviated form of a possible instruction, for continuation, to a reader (of a book?) inserted into (in) an item of formal attire.
26a United team is ahead, by the sound of it (5)
A homophone of a word that describes being ahead.
2d Plate I ate, no mixed grill ultimately (7)
An anagram (mixed) of I ATE, NO and the last letter (ultimately) of grilL, and, yes, the answer can be described as a plate.
5d Missing round hard receptacle designed for powdery residue (7)
A synonym of missing containing (round) the single letter for hard.
7d European eaten by wolf in Newfoundland (4)
A lurker (eaten by) found in the rest of the clue.
8d Lentils and meats in different food processor (5,9)
An anagram (different) LENTILS and MEATS IN.
18d A teacher is someone beautiful (6)
A from the clue, a type of (university) teacher, and IS from the clue.
20d Drug otherwise used in eating regimens rejected (7)
A two letter synonym of otherwise inserted into (used in) a single word for eating regimens all reversed (rejected).
22d Secure nothing in political party (2,2)
The letter that can represent nothing inserted into (in) the abbreviated form of a UK, but not GB, political party.
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Number 1 on January 8, 1972 for 4 weeks, it includes karaoke type lyrics so that you can join in if you want to, developed from the song in a ‘famous’ 1971 soft drink commercial, also shown below so that you can decide which is the better one. At least the commercial only lasts for a minute: