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ST 3041 (Hints)

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:


54 comments on “ST 3041 (Hints)

  1. Abit more approachable than last week’s Dada but still a bit of a challenge (**/****) I found it quite enjoyable and liked 10a and 19d. Thanks to Senf for clearing up the problem I had with parsing 2 of the clues and thanks to Dada.

  2. I might stop choosing a favourite for Dada and instead nominate the quirkiest clue. This week I plump for 16a.

    1.5*/3* for me. Thanks to Dada and Senf.

  3. Sped through surprisingly with 19D favourite .
    Brilliant weather here in Fuerteventura, too hot really .
    Thanks again Senf & Dada .

  4. This was a bit of light relief for me after some of the recent offerings and I finished in a good time.

    I missed a letter out between the two words of 8d when filling it in, which had I been using pen and paper would have been annoying but soon fixed electronically.

    Last one in 11a for no particular reason.

    Quite enjoyable. Many thanks to Senf and Dada

  5. 2.5*/4*. I found this nicely challenging and very enjoyable. My only possible concern is that I can’t decide whether or not 4a deserves a hmm.

    I started badly by putting a plausible but dodgy answer for 1a. I discovered later I was right about it being dodgy when I needed to change it to accommodate 2d.

    My podium comprises 13a, 14a, 16a & 15d.

    Many thanks to Dada and to Senf.

    1. I guess I put in the same dodgy answer for 1a although I was convinced at the time. It was only when I could not solve 2d that the penny dropped.

  6. A good deal easier than last Sunday and on the whole pretty straightforward. 10a was my last in & I assume I’ve got the correct answer to 7d without being entirely sure as to why. Thanks to Senf & Dada as always.

  7. Possibly my fastest solve ever of a Dada puzzle but very enjoyable.
    The prosaic woodworm raised a smile as did the probable chestnut at 5d. They’re joined on the podium by 14a & 15d.

    Thanks to Dada and to Senf as he clocks up three years in the Sunday hot-seat. I enjoyed the snippet from Just a Minute – that brand of dry wit is far too rare these days.

  8. A 2/4 and pleasant if uneven puzzle with plenty of favourites 5D, 19D, 19A. A few oddities also. Last in was 13A as I could not shake off the 3 word anagram implied which gave a nice T word. Thanks to Senf for putting me out of my misery on that one.

  9. Dada a little bit easier than of late but I still needed a hint or two from Senf to get over the line. 19d was my fave today.
    I did wonder if there was a nod to the Six Nations but I stopped at only two or, at a stretch three found!
    Thanks to Dada and Senf nice to see K Williams again.

  10. I must be the only one who found today’s puzzle quite a challenge. After my first sweep of the clues only one jumped out at me. The rest did not go in without a lot of head scratching. Nevertheless, it was most enjoyable and I managed to finish with only minimal electronic assistance. Favourites are 10a, 25a, 8d and 20d.

    Many thanks to the setter and to Senf for the hints and the Nicholas Parsons tribute.

  11. I solved this in what has become my normal time for a Sunday. I thought it had the right balance of head-scratchers and easier ones, with a good mix of clue types to keep it interesting throughout. Lots of candidate for a favourite, but I will go for 19d.

    Thanks Dada for the fun challenge and to Senf.

  12. All quite straightforward, for a Sunday, with no horses troubled.

    COTD for me was 10a.

    Many thanks to Dada and Senf.

  13. Congrats to Senf and Dada for their perseverance and continued contribution to avoiding our early onset mental deterioration.

    Mrs T and I often debate where Senf and Dada were born based on clueing and commentary. We thought Todmorden and Henley respectively – does anyone know?

    Anyway, a brisk synaptic gallop this morning. Thank you dead fans and BD.

    Mr & Mrs T

    1. In your answer, can you identify an abbreviated form of a synonym of image? If you, can he you should be able to work out where the other letters come from.

    2. There is a clue for 18d – what you mean or need is a ‘hint’

      You should have an abbreviated image into which are inserted every other ‘part’ of forest

      1. Of course! Thank you. Though no of course about it really. When one has a blind spot one cannot see!

    3. I really wanted to say “Don’t tell ‘im Pike” but I imagine that is getting old and not helpful!

  14. Surely this was the most straightforward Dada puzzle in a fair old while – or was I just bang on his wavelength today? I found nothing too obscure and much to enjoy. Solved pretty much at a Senf-esque canter, with no recourse to today’s hints. Some super clues; favourites included 10a, 14a, 23a, 20d & 8d to name but a few. Thanks to Dada and Senf.

  15. Over too soon.
    I think Dada should up the difficulty a bit.
    Liked 14a the most.
    Thanks to Dada and to Senf.

    1. And I third it. Like I’ve said many times, there’s the Toughie option if you’re extra smart, but lesser mortals like me need something more gentle.

  16. This was right up my street – a Quality selection which took just the right amount of time. So ***/**** Still unable to submit through the tab.

    I had two interesting discussions on the telephone with the Telegraph this week. After failing to gain satisfaction following several exchanges of emails, over several months, regarding the bugs in the iPad version, I capitulated and rang the subscription department, threatening to cancel my subs. A very understanding fellow sympathized and assured me they were trialling a new version which will solve everything, including the Coronavirus and the agreement of a mutually beneficial trade deal with our European neighbours! We shall see.
    The second call was to cancel my Puzzles subscription of only two weeks’ standing ( a different department ) and the funds have now been recredited to my account. I had expressed total dissatisfaction with the product, and this again attracted considerable sympathy.
    They too are working on ironing out some bugs.

    1. Most of it went in relatively easily. Last three in were 18d 10a and 2d. It was only upon making my final attack on 2d that I realised I had hastily put in an incorrect answer for 1a. Favourites 23a and 6d. Thanks Dada and Senf. Hints not needed but always read together with the comments.

  17. Just the right balance of head scratching & thinking today, with some very good clues.
    2.5*/4* Quite a few great clues, so cannot choose today.
    Many thanks to Dada & Senf for review

  18. Superb crossword.
    When Dada gets the level right, like today, unlike last week, there is no-one better.
    This was clever with a good mix of write-ins and head-scratchers.
    Favourite was 10a, a loud clang when I worked it out.
    Thanks Dada and Senf.
    Incidentally, why do setter have different nom-de-plumes in different papers (Dada/Paul)

    1. I would imagine because they are setting with different briefs, so the style of setting is slightly different
      If an ‘off-the-wall Paul’ appeared here there would probably be outrage!

  19. Thoroughly enjoyable again. Took me ages to work out the German bomb, how dumb is that! Thanks to all. Does anyone know when we can submit our puzzles on line? Its been weeks now.

  20. **/****. I enjoyed this puzzle which must mean I was on the right wavelength for a change on Sunday. 19d favourite closely followed by 18&20d. Thanks to all.

  21. I did quite well and enjoyed what I did manage. I had only four unsolved in the NE, so thanks for your help Senf.
    I liked the woodworm at 22a and the dropped character at 14a.
    Thanks to a much kindler Dada and to Senf for his help reaching the finish line.

  22. Dada continues to be on the torturer’s side of quirky. About five clues solved before going for help from Senf and then not able even to work out most of the hints. For the very first time in ages I just said *%”‘#@ and £&%* and returned to my book Thanks to Senf for help. Best only to say to Dada one fine day when it’s raining I may get the hang of your puzzles.

  23. Here was I thinking that at last I was on Dada’s wavelength until reading the blog where most, not all, found it as relatively straightforward as I did. Hey ho! I think this is about the right level of difficulty. Favourite is 10a as I know exactly what a musical interval is, not that I can read a note but I do understand music theory. Many thanks to Dada and Senf.

  24. Dada’s offering today was quite a workout for me although I did finally manage it but not without several bung-ins e.g. 13a (should remember the papers by now), 18d (d’oh!),19d (never heard of the diagram), and also 17a where I opted for the completely wrong ancient city which also used South Africa. Thanks Dada and Senf.

  25. Oh dear – a ‘just me’ day – I found it really tough and my only excuse is that it’s been a very ‘stressy’ day, and because of all that I started it late.
    I missed lots of pointers – ie anagram indicators, and the reverse lurker in 26a.
    I did enjoy it but it wasn’t my best day.
    22a made me laugh and so it was my favourite.
    Thanks to Dada and to Senf.

  26. This was a workout today, but an enjoyable one nonetheless, so thanks to Dada and Senf. The NW corner held out the longest, mainly because I bunged in the wrong answer for 2d, despite the fact that I had put the right answer in the margins at first. Duh! 15d made me smile.

    Happy palindrome date today, 02022020, apparently the first for 909 years.

  27. I’m pleased to learn that others had problems with today’s puzzle – I was beginning to think I was losing it! Thanks to all – I do enjoy the comments! 😊

  28. A straight forward Sunday offering from Dada, except for 6d and 13a which were my last to go in. Once I twigged that the definition for 13a was ‘order’ it made sense, but papers?🤔 A bit of local knowledge required. Thanks for the explanation Senf but my jury is still out on that. Likewise, ‘again deal with’ isn’t common ‘down our way’. We say, ‘deal with again’. Anyway, off to a flying start on Monday’s🦇

  29. A straight forward Sunday offering from Dada, except for 6d and 13a which were my last to go in. Once I twigged that the definition for 13a was ‘order’ it made sense, but papers?🤔 A bit of local knowledge required. Thanks for the explanation Senf but my jury is still out on that. Likewise, ‘again deal with’ isn’t a common ‘down our way’. We say, ‘deal with again’. Anyway, off to a flying start on Monday’s🦇

  30. 2d There is a hint above.

    18d The definition is “Lyrical”. A short word for image goes around the even letters of “forest”.

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