Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3040 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, in my area of the city, there was a temporary parking ban from 7:00pm on Wednesday to 7:00am on Thursday to allow for clearing of compacted snow from the roads, with threats of tickets and being towed for those who ignored the ban. The only problem was that the snow clearing team didn’t show up until 10:00am on Thursday, three hours after the ban finished!
Similar to last year, Dada appears to be making no allowances for possible degraded brain function of anyone who might have over-indulged at BB11 yesterday – I counted four anagrams (including partials), one lurker, three homophones, with some stretched synonyms – all in a symmetric 32 clues, with 18 hints you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 17a, 31a, and 2d.
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:
1a In establishment serving drinks, another empty bottle (6))
The first and last letters (empty) of AnotheR inserted into (in) an establishment serving (mostly non-alcoholic) drinks.
4a Happy and rich – as may be image from computer? (8)
A two letter informal synonym of happy and a slang synonym of rich.
9a Money — a nicker? (6)
A double definition – the second could be an informal name for the individual shown in the illustration.
13a Greenish-brown mist by lake (5)
A type of mist followed by the single letter for lake.
14a Opening oven, tray’s grabbed (4)
The lurker (grabbed) found in the rest of the clue.
20a Gathering container, go off to collect first of gooseberries (12)
An anagram (off) of CONTAINER GO containing (to collect) the initial letter (first) of Gooseberries.
25a Food market, we hear? (4)
The first homophone (we hear) of a type of market.
28a On drinking limit, cardinal plastered (8)
A two letter synonym for on containing (drinking) a synonym of limit followed by the colour that cardinal is a type of.
31a Dire situation adding pressure to match? (6)
The single letter for pressure added to (preceding) an informal synonym of match.
1d Before last part, raise drink (8)
A synonym(?) of raise placed before a single word that can be used for last part.
3d On the radio, channel ran well (4)
The second homophone (on the radio) of a synonym(?) of channel.
5d Offering figure solace after stuffing knocked out, might this be simple? (7,5)
A type of offering (there were a lot around a month ago), a three letter figure (number), and what is left after the ‘internal’ letters have been removed (after stuffing knocked out) from SolacE.
8d Water down funnel you invert, all ends in sink (6)
The last letters (all ends) of funneL yoU inverT inserted into (in) a synonym(?) of sink.
11d Old film: cinema gold that’s funny in every case? (6,6)
An anagram (that’s funny) of CINEMA GOLD contained by (in) the first and last letters (case) of EverY – and the answer is a genre rather than a specific film.
18d Like to claim language is expanding (8)
A slang synonym of like containing (to claim) an (ancient) language.
19d Stake put underground, set to rot (8)
A single word synonym of put underground followed by an anagram (to rot) of SET.
22d Some old capital in African country (6)
A double definition – the first is a form of money (capital) that was used to price luxury items until the introduction of decimal currency.
27d By the sound of it, white container for liquid (4)
The third homophone (by the sound of it) of a synonym of white.
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Number one on his day in 1974 for 4 weeks and, heaven help us, apparently the best selling record of 1974. I am not sure if the 4 guys(?) in T-shirts (two at each end) are part of the group or are there for decorative purposes: