Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3043 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where Mother Nature has been reminding us that it is still Winter with snow showers and, for two or three days, temperatures in the minus 20s before adding on (subtracting?) the effects of wind chill to arrive at an even lower ‘feels like.’
Many many thanks to the 2 Kiwis for helping me out by sending me a copy of the puzzle; even though I have an e-mail receipt for my DT puzzle subscription I could not access it.
Dada back to quirky this week with some Hmms (two of which might cause some ire with RD) – I counted four anagrams (one partial), one lurker, and no homophones – 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. I am beginning to find Dada’s varying usage of ‘ON’ as an instruction a little confusing.
Candidates for favourite – 5a, 4d, and 16d.
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 Fruit pulp (6)
A double definition, although I am not entirely convinced about the first part.
5a Route round town is near? Don’t ask me! (6)
A two letter synonym for near and the popular four letter word for don’t ask me used by someone who does not know an answer.
11a Vegetable extract on hand (9)
A (3,3) synonymic phrase for extract placed after (on) a synonym of hand (as an employee).
13a Item wrapped up here (7)
A double definition – the second can be a response during a roll call.
17a Bit on back of horse – hock, for example? (5)
A four letter synonym of bit followed by (on) the last letter (back) of horsE.
19a I approach home properly (2,7)
I from the clue, a synonym of approach (as in getting closer), and a synonym of home.
25a Marrying? Dump in future! (9)
A three letter term for dump placed in a synonym(?) of future.
27a Offending jewelry on sovereign (6)
An item of jewelry placed after (on) HM’s regnal cipher.
28a Figure with sore back, delicate (6)
A (numerical) figure and (with) a synonym of sore reversed (back).
2d Pretty? I couldn’t agree more (5)
A single word for I couldn’t agree more.
4d Run of diamonds for old poet (5)
A single word for a type of run scored in a game very popular in the USA in which part of the field is referred to as a diamond.
5d Emperor a bit overwhelmed by the hard stuff (9)
A from the clue and a synonym of bit all inserted into (overwhelmed by) a type of hard stuff.
8d Rest praised, having ignored a drunk (6)
An anagram (drunk) of PRaISED with the A removed (having ignored).
9d Girl bagging rubbish for David, say (6)
The short version of a girl’s name (one that we know and love) containing (bagging) a three letter synonym of rubbish.
16d Winger coming up with flashy stuff – this skill (9)
An animal that has wings reversed (coming up) and (with) a type of flashy stuff.
17d Rotten food scoffed by new owner (4-5)
A type of food inserted into (scoffed by) an anagram (new) of OWNER.
20d Rope seen in frigate, the rigging (6)
The lurker (seen in) found in the rest of the clue.
24d A portal in marble, for example (5)
A from the clue and a type of portal (as used in the game of marbles).
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Mick Avory, drummer with The Kinks from their formation in 1964 until 1984, celebrated his 76th birthday yesterday. This is The Kinks first number one from 1964: