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) PE
so 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):