Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3041 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, as it is a week since the Birthday Bash, it is the third anniversary of my taking over the Sunday blogging chair from BD. Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun!
After going beyond quirky last week, Dada appears to have ‘dialled it back’ to plain quirky, but he still caused some Hmms and the need to check for a potential unindicated Anericanism – I counted five anagrams (including partials), one lurker (reversed), and three homophones – all in an asymmetric 28 clues, with 16 hints you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 25a, 8d, and 19d.
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 Shilling cut, save (5)
The single letter abbreviation for shilling and a synonym of cut.
10a Interval moments back, when lunch may be served? (8)
A synonym of moments reversed (back) and the hour (at least one of them) when lunch may be served.
11a A river is a beauty (6)
A from the clue, a river of which there is one in England and one in Scotland, and IS from the clue.
13a Papers in sets in different order (8)
The two letter type of papers (becoming very popular in crosswords) inserted into (in) an anagram (different) of SETS IN.
16a Guest at banquet missing starter — when chocolate’s on the menu? (6)
A descriptive noun of a guest at a type of banquet with the first letter (missing starter) removed.
19a German bomb planted, dropped in (7)
A type of (self-propelled) German bomb and a synonym of planted.
21a Stop referring to injury (8)
The two letter abbreviation for referring to and a type of injury.
25a Female creature scoffing last of quarry, a predator (5)
An (edible) egg producing female creature containing (scoffing) the last letter of quarry, followed by A from the clue.
26a Nimble cartwheel, I gathered, in partial rotation? (5)
The reversed lurker (in partial rotation) found in the rest of the clue.
2d Assumption in force inspiring me after uprising (7)
A synonym of force containing (inspiring) ME from the clue reversed (after uprising).
5d Fast mover, one on the fiddle by the sound of it? (7)
One of the homophones (by the sound of it) of a single word for one on the fiddle.
6d Again deal with study before shift (9)
A synonym of study (especially at Oxbridge) placed before what shift can be a type of.
8d Money excellent following strikes (6,8)
A synonym of excellent after (following) a synonym of strikes.
15d On a grotty street feeling poorly (2,1,3,3)
A synonym (Hmm) of on, A from the clue, a synonym of grotty, and a synonym of street.
19d Flesh is old in type of diagram (7)
IS from the clue and the single letter for old all contained by (in) a type of diagram illustrated below.
22d Gang not allowed to be heard? (4)
Another homophone (to be heard) of a single word for not allowed – the unhinted homophone is 7d.
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A little different this week, a tribute to Nicholas Parsons who passed away on Tuesday at the grand age of 96, a sample of his 50+ years as Chairman of The Radio 4 panel game Just a Minute: