Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3039 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where it got warm enough on Friday afternoon for the start of a snow fall of 20cm which ended yesterday; however, this was less than the amount of snow Vancouver, BC (where it only ever rains!) got this week. In other news, two major storm systems have passed over Eastern Canada heading North-East – I wonder where they are heading next!
Today, Dada is exhibiting plenty of quirkiness which generated several Hmms and groans – I counted six anagrams (one tongue in cheek), two lurkers (one reversed), and two homophones (one not hinted) – 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 – 8a, 12a, and 9d.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.
Don’t forget to follow BD’s instructions in red at the bottom of the hints!
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:
8a Plane to Nepal, for instance? (7)
The cruciverbalists’ term for converting Plane to Nepal, or vice versa.
12a French painter returning mid-morning? (5)
The reversal (returning) of an expression of a time (3,2) that could be considered as mid-morning.
13a Rubbish queen for King Edward, say (5)
A three letter synonym of rubbish followed by HM’s regnal cypher.
17a Hanger-on in class doomed, for failing to grasp minimum of workings (5,2,8)
An anagram (failing) of CLASS DOOMED, FOR containing (to grasp) the initial letter (minimum) of Workings – the answer features in a moral anecdote which originated in 4th Century BC Syracuse in Sicily.
21a Room to eat a Muslim burger, say? (5)
A type of room containing (to eat) A from the clue.
24a Curry scoffed by Mick or Mark (5)
The lurker (scoffed by) found in the rest of the clue.
28a Vision of ugliness viewed by me, reportedly? (7)
One of the homophones (reportedly) of a term that is equivalent to viewed by me (the unhinted homophone is 9d) .
1d Criminal gang has it (6)
A synonym of gang followed by (has) IT from the clue.
2d Voice ready to break bursting aloft (8)
A synonym of ready inserted into (to break) an anagram (bursting) of ALOFT.
3d Opener once in abstract game (10)
A verbal synonym of abstract and a (four handed) card game.
6d Old Germanic character in outer parts of Burundi, small country (6)
An old Germanic character inserted into (in) the first and last letters (outer parts) of BurundI.
15d Boot, one going on one foot: some earth on top (10)
Some (lumpen) earth preceding (on top of) a single word for (some)one going (moving) on one foot.
16d Kids on holiday before April or May, say? (9)
A three letter word for on holiday placed before the season of the year that April or May are part of (say).
18d Sweet loaf, one with lemonade? (8)
A synonym of loaf, not the edible variety, the single letter used to represent one, and (with) an informal synonym of lemonade.
23d Red spots in green cabbage coming up (4)
The reversed lurker (in . . .coming up) found in the rest of the clue.
25d Scrap the first thirteen letters (4)
Written as (1,2,1) a description of the first thirteen letters – a very stretched synonym in my opinion.
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Number 1 on January 14, 1965 for 2 weeks, Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames: