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Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3045 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, apart from our unexpected 30cm of snow last October, which disappeared almost as quickly as it arrived, we have apparently had an average winter snowfall up to the end of February of around 90cm.

Unexpected repeat benevolence from Dada this week but still with one or two Hmms – 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.

Following MP’s comments on the paucity of clues in Thursday’s puzzle, I was prompted to review Dada’s clue counts since I started recording them with ST3026.  We have had a handful of 27s and 28s but there has been one puzzle with only 26 clues – ST3033.  Personally I prefer a puzzle with a nice symmetrical 32 clues – it cuts down on the amount of ink I use when I print the puzzle from the DT web site.

Candidates for favourite – 26a, 7d, 17d, and 20d.

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 Money made, paid well (6)
An abbreviated form of a term for, say, a sports person who gets paid to play and a synonym of well.

9a They say a dad, for example, should be in work (10)
A from the clue, followed by what dad is an example of contained by (should be in) a synonym of work (at a trade?).

11a Drop iron? (8)
A double definition – the second may be what the process of using an iron on clothing may accomplish.

13a Double jackpot winner collects (4)
The lurker (collects) found in the rest of the clue.

18a Nothing in order if ridiculously way out, possibly? (4,4)
The letter that can represent nothing placed in an anagram (ridiculously) of ORDER IF.

19a Novel exploring manners mostly, Austen’s first of all (4)
The initial letters (first of all) of four words in the clue.

25a Gorgeous source of entertainment (4)
Another double definition – the first is a (stretched?) synonym of gorgeous.

26a Equip ancient teacher for final battle (10)
Lego pieces at the ready – a synonym of equip (a soldier?), a synonym of ancient, and a type of (university) teacher.

28a English artist key, for example? (6)
Yet another double definition – an example of the first’s work is below.


2d Regret investing peso: not so — for another currency? (5)
A synonym of regret containing (investing) PEso with the so removed (not).

3d Scent bait entering country (9)
A synonym of bait (as in tease) inserted into (entering) one of UK’s near neighbour countries.

4d Old Greek article on prohibition (6)
A definite article placed before (on) a synonym of prohibition.

7d Monkey drops in West Country river (5)
A breed of monkey with its last two letters, which happen to be IN, removed (drops).

8d Rub out answer that’s written the wrong way — one’s beaten (5,4)
A single word for (criminally) rub out followed by an abbreviated form of answer all reversed (that’s written the wrong way).

17d Grass covered by couple in annual competition (4,4)
A type of (crop) grass contained (covered) by a synonym of couple (perhaps in reference to The Glorious Twelfth).

20d Fear primarily? Correct! (6)
The initial letter (primarily) of Fear and a synonym of correct.

24d Length of rope shortly lifted over head of equine (5)
A synonym of shortly reversed (lifted) and placed before (over) the initial letter (head) of Equine.

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The Nashville Teens, a Surrey based group, with their most well known record Tobacco Road which reached number 6 in 1964; this is from the 80s Channel 4 TV show The Unforgettables (which I have never heard of, and I was still in the UK in he 80s):


67 comments on “ST 3045 (Hints)

  1. This was not as hard as I first thought it would be but still quite tricky (3* /3.5*). Thanks to Senf for help with the 5 that I bunged in without being completely sure of how to parse them. 9 a and 26a were my favourite clues. Thanks to Dada.

  2. 1a I think the definition is “Money made” – a 3-letter adjective for “paid” plus a 3-letter synonym of “well”.

    1. Thanks – hint revised completely. Last night, the penny just would not drop on the ‘paid part.’

  3. 2*/4*. Not much to say except how much I enjoyed this. My biggest tussle was to find the definition in 9a, which gets my vote as favourite.

    Honourable mentions also go to 13a, 26a & 14d.

    Many thanks to Dada and to Senf.

  4. This was one of those puzzles where the answers were fairly obvious yet the teasing out of the correct reasoning took a little longer. I thought this was nicely balanced with some terrific clues, most notably 9a and 13a, my final entry and a brilliant little lurker.

    Thanks to Dada for a great and enjoyable challenge and to Senf.

    1. Just completed this morning after a tedious flight back from sunny Joburg. You summed up my thoughts on this one perfectly & like you 13a was my last in. Senf’s review required to parse a few answers fully.

  5. I started with what I thought was a pretty solid answer for 1a as a double definition but I couldn’t make any of the checking letters help. I left that quarter and proceeded smoothly with the rest. 5d amused even though he is over two months late. 26a and 18a were my faves today. I took to the hints to resolve the 1a dilemma and Jepi helped me find the error of my ways. and Senf helped find the right down clues.
    Thanks to Senf and Dada.I remember the Nashville Teens but not the TV programme too.

  6. I also enjoyed this but agree with Senf about the stretch in 25a. 8d was my last one in. 3d had to be what it was but I needed Senf’s explanation. Stupidly I couldn’t see the bait. Can’t pick a favourite amongst so many excellent clues.

    Very many thanks to Senf and Dada.

    The techies are still keeping us on our toes as yesterday’s prize crossword didn’t give a result just invited me to enter which, of course, didn’t work.

    Today, though, I got the “all correct” message. At least it keeps life interesting.

    1. Margaret, I think 25a is fine. The BRB entry for it is very long and includes as one of the definitions “beautiful”. It’s one of those bizarre English words which can be used to cover quite a spectrum of meanings, in this case anything from average to gorgeous.

      1. One of those where it is ‘all in the eyes of the beholder’ although the use of gorgeous in some circumstances today is probably bordering on non-PC.

      2. Yes, absolutely. The “xxxx” in “xxxx xxxxxx” doesn’t mean plain or average, it means good-looking, beautiful or even gorgeous! But then, the “xxxx” in “xxxx xx xxxxxxxx” does mean average or below average.

    2. I still can’t see the bait in 3D?? But thanks for the help. In my iPad version this isn’t a prize puzzle.

      1. Assuming that you have the answer for 3d, ‘remove’ the country and see what you have left. But, there are two ‘ways’ of removing the country, only one will leave the synonym of bait.

        1. Yes unless I’m being really dumb there’s 2 possibilities – a type of nuclear reactor or legislation giving trans people rights!? Neither words I have ever come across before!

          1. The scientific possibility is the wrong one. Look up synonyms of the second one – I am blissfully unaware of the legislation you are referring to.

          2. the country is letters 1 and 5 to 9, the synonym of bait is letters 2 to 4. Not saying your dumb but these puzzles seem to make me go word blind at times.

            1. Ahh there were 3 ways to remove the country! Word blind for sure. Thanks John and Senf

  7. The right side slotted in quite easily but I found the left to be a totally different ballgame, particularly 9a & 14d.
    Most enjoyable challenge for a Sunday morning and I gave podium places to 9&26a plus 14&17d.

    Thanks to Dada and to Senf – you’re not the only one who didn’t know anything about The Unforgettables, obviously didn’t live up to its name!

  8. Buoyed up by my success with last Sunday’s puzzle I thought I would give this one a try and what do you know, I finished it (with a bit of a struggle) but also enjoyed it. Dada must be in a benign mood.
    Can’t say that I fully understood all the clues but my answers were correct as the site told me so when I finished. So is this a prize puzzle, who knows! With the DT at the moment electronically they are in a mess.
    Thx to all.

  9. In a complete opposite to yesterday, I had this done and dusted in an easy */** time. The SW was the last corner to fall, with 14d being my COTD.

    Thanks to Dada and Senf.

  10. I have yet to warm to Dada but this was an agreeably testing workout with less effort required in the East than West. Admit to several bung-ins including 9a, 3d, and 8d while agree 25a is certainly a bit stretched. 14d nearest thing to a Fav. Thanks Dada and Senf.

  11. As for past few weeks you can see all the answers on the digital/kinder version so defeats the object of being a prize crossword

    1. I’m having this problem too, can see all the answers on my Kindle which defeats the whole thing!

  12. I thought I was going to be defeated by this one. After a couple of initial sweeps, I had not one clue solved. On my third pass one or two came to the surface and I gradually began to reveal its secrets. This makes it a great puzzle as far as I’m concerned and I had a terrific sense of satisfaction when I had completed it – with a few hints but only about three.

    I thought 25a was a definite “hmm” despite what the BRB says. My COTD was 26a because I loved the way it was constructed and the satisfaction of the solve.

    My thanks to Dada and Senf.

  13. Some time back, a clue like 11a drove me nuts and it did again today, with one of the meanings for ‘iron’ that I simply overlooked (too focused on the Fe element!), and I had to seek electronic help for this one. I seem not to have responded very well yet to Dada because 17d (which now seems so obvious) also foxed me, and I just couldn’t get it–my last one in, again with help. These days, like sleepy Sunday today, I prefer to use Kath’s self-effacing term, ‘dim’, to account for my sluggishness. It really was quite an excellent puzzle; it was the solver here who wasn’t. Thanks to Senf and Dada. ****/****

  14. My last one in was 21a. I couldn’t see the wood for the trees. It was my favourite clue. Simple things please simple minds. Many thanks to Dada and Senf.

  15. Took a while to get the pry bar under this Sunday teaser, but with Dada ,,, just answer the clues!
    An enjoyable puzzle with just enough head scratchers that came together well.

    2.5*/4* favs 26ac 6d & 5d (but isn’t he everyone’s)
    Many thanks to Dada & of course to Senf for review.

  16. I am still not convinced about 1a although I am sure have put in the correct answer. I feel particularly dim witted today! All the rest fell into place. Reading all your comments I sometimes think that I am the only one who sits down with a ‘paper’ paper and a pen. You all seem to be electronic!

    1. You are most definitely not alone. I absolutely prefer paper and pencil (eraser tipped!).

    2. Don’t worry, Daisygirl, there are still plenty of us in the paper and pen group, certainly spares us the trials and tribulations that our ‘electronic’ friends are endlessly going through. I sometimes feel like screaming at them – why don’t you just buy a paper!

      1. We do get the paper but it doesn’t get here till Mr Manders goes to get it and I like to start it off in bed with my early cuppa!

    3. Oh no, you’re not alone. I print from my iPad, and then do with paper and pen.

      1. Me too.
        Don’t enjoy it half as much when I have to try to solve on a Tablet or, heaven help me a phone.
        I have a pen which I can erase…….

    4. I am most definitely a pen on the folded DT kind of guy. This makes it difficult when the puzzle is not on the back page. :good:

  17. I’m going to upset some beginners now, as I was a bit cross when I started doing this puzzle 10 years ago. So sorry in advance but times change and we all move on.
    Found this to be */****. Favourite 26a
    Thanks to the setter(I still can’t fathom out who they are) and thanks to this site for all the help.

    1. If you look in the FAQ section you can find out who the setters are on which days.

  18. Big thank you to Dada for a fantastic puzzle today, nothing obscure, sporty or deep GK needed. I also found the right side went in before the left, but then all came gradually together, with no electronic help. Did get off track for a bit when I put in the wrong answer for 2d, but 11a made me see my error. Luckily, I did remember the odd word for 5a. As we are finally starting to hang our pictures, 10 months after moving in, and a 28a was one, that helped me to fill it in. Not an original I hasten to add, just a poor man’s print, but lovely nonetheless. Thanks for the write up Senf.

  19. Not too tricky, by Dada standards anyway, and very enjoyable.
    The answer to 9a couldn’t have been much else but I needed the hint to ‘get’ it.
    I was about to beg for help to tell me why my 14d answer was right – just seen it – at last and “all my own self”.
    18a (missed the anagram indicator – no excuses) and 17d were my last two answers when I’d almost given up and sorting out 8d took a long time.
    Now that I finally see the ‘why’ bit I think my favourite was 14d.
    Thanks to Dada and to Senf.

  20. We do get the paper but it doesn’t get here till Mr Manders goes to get it and I like to start it off in bed with my early cuppa!

  21. I made a good fist of this one …must be my best go at a Sunday for ages.
    Still needed some electronic help but didn’t need Senf’s excellent hints (except for the parsing of course).
    So, perhaps not a ‘hurrah for me’ today but at least a ‘well done me’.

    Thanks to the setter and to Senf.

  22. Dada, forgive me for all the things I’ve said in the past, this was a real treat. I was late starting today, I’m always slow when it’s cold.
    I had an incorrect 17d but it didn’t interfere with the rest, no wonder I had no idea what it meant.
    My last one in was 11a where I used e-help to solve. We’ve had variations on that so many times, I must be getting senile.
    I loved it all, I think 26a is guffaw worthy, but 8d and 14d are both worth honourable mention.
    Thanks Dada and to Senf for his help unravelling some, and getting the correct answer to 17d.

    1. Moi, aussi, Merusa! I’ve also been tricked by variations on 11a before, maybe more than once, but I promise myself, “Never again!” Interestingly, 17d was the other one for which I sought electronic help. Like you, I had an answer that fit the squares but which made no real sense to me. I can’t say that I knew what 17d actually referred to (maybe deep in my memory banks I did, once), but Googling has enlightened me.

      Cold here too: 33 last night. Stay warm.

      1. Yeah, I’ve had it with this cold weather. I lived in England for five years and that cured me for winters.
        What a free-for-all in Sarth Calina, Der Gropenfuhrer must be loving it.

  23. Not too disappointed with my effort at a Dada puzzle. Justsaying.Xxxxxxx

    Thanks to Dada for not being so ruthless today and to Senf for the great help given to enable me to finish.

    Loved 26a.

      1. As I said above, if you have it on a Kindle you can check for errors just the same as Mon to Fri. Saturday is as before i.e. you can’t see any answers.

  24. Got through this one without too much trouble.
    Thanks for the hints, but I still can’t parse 14d.

    1. Hi, I’ll try to help, without overstepping the prize puzzle protocol !
      14d, split into three, a four letter for ‘a little bit’, a two letter for ‘sorry’ and a three letter for ‘the lot of them’.
      Hope it helps, also hope I didn’t overstep ……..

        1. One of those archaic words which nobody aside from Jacob Rees-Mogg would use !

  25. Benevolent Dada today, I spent as much time sorting out 11a as I did on the rest of the puzzle, eventually Mrs. Hoofit sorted out (the ‘iron’ bit must have been more familiar to a woman lol).
    Thanks Senf and Dada.

  26. A relatively painless solve but had trouble with 17d and 18a, as what I wanted to fit in 18a just wasn’t giving up anything for 17d … took the wrong road there … eventually changed course and things fell together, with 18a last in and a DUH! moment as I saw the light.
    11a, 15a & 28a my COTD
    Thanks to Dada and Senf

  27. Straightforward for me to but enjoyable. Not too much else to say. Favourite 26a. Many thanks to Dada and Senf.

  28. Had problems with SW, but otherwise an enjoyable solve! Favourite 26a. Thanks to Dada and Senf!

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