Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3044 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we have been having a roller coaster ride with temperatures ending up with a T-Shirts and Shorts plus 2 degrees on Friday.
Unexpected benevolence from Dada this week but still with a few Hmms (one to raise the ire of RD) – I counted five anagrams, one lurker, and no homophones – all in an asymmetric 29 clues, with 17 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 11a, 16a, 18d, and 26d.
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:
9a Gold rings fade for so long (5)
The chemical symbol for gold contains (rings) a synonym of fade.
11a Fair arrests with miscreant (2-3-2)
A (2-2) synonym of fair contains (arrests) a synonym for with.
12a Church community breaking code is transgressive, ultimately (7)
An anagram (breaking) of CODE IS followed by the last letter (ultimately) of transgressivE.
14a Country welcoming that man’s right to vote (9)
The illustrated country containing (welcoming) a single word for that man’s – Hmm, very familiar!
16a Sporting smasher, big noise in the world of equestrianism? (9,6)
A well known location in the world of equestrianism followed by a type of big noise.
23a Looking back, trade in bric-a-brac most unlikely (7)
A synonym of trade reversed (looking back) inserted into (in) a three letter term for bric-a-brac – an unlikely synonym for the definition!
25a Perilous remit as hunter (7)
An anagram (perilous) of REMIT AS.
28a Clean some water in sewer (5)
The lurker (some) found in the rest of the clue.
1d Girl in form blowing top (4)
A (scholastic) synonym of form with the first letter removed (blowing top).
3d Brilliant child organised run with new kid and daughter (10)
An anagram (organised) of RUN with NEW KID and the single letter abbreviation for daughter –the BRB only indicates the foreign origination of the answer in the etymology.
5d Sharp fall in pollution? (4,4)
A synonym of sharp (as in taste) and a type of (liquid) fall.
7d Face laid on boot, loyal subordinate (8)
A synonym of face placed before (laid on) a verbal synonym of boot.
8d Newspaper worker, sort superior to crossword writer (10)
A synonym of sort placed before (superior to) a single word for crossword writer – I wonder if newspapers have this type of worker any more?
17d Journo’s back in capital before end of evening, producing copy (8)
The last latter (back) of journO inserted into (in) a capital city followed by (before) the last letter (end) of eveninG.
18d Left trapped in relationships for years in early adulthood (8)
A verbal synonym of left inserted into (trapped in) a synonym of relationships.
22d Heading for ditch, pal knocked from top of horse — faller in effect? (6)
The initial letter (heading for) of Ditch and a type of horse with PAL removed from its beginning (knocked from top of).
28d Pip one of the favourites at Wimbledon? (4)
A double definition – the illustration should help.
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For all those, including me, who would have preferred to see and hear Enya rather than see a Womble on Friday: