Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3046 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, some time overnight, we ‘sprang forward’ and I presume/hope that WordPress has coped with this event and published the blog at the ‘normal’ UK time. I really wish the practice was abandoned completely; my solution would be to split the difference and set the clocks to 30 minutes ahead of what is called Standard Time in North America and leave them there.
After two weeks of benevolence, guess what – Dada very quirky this week, and quirky means there are some Hmms – I counted three anagrams, one lurker (not hinted – but it’s 9a), and one homophone – all in a symmetric 28 clues, with 15 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 12a, 15a, and27a.
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:
8a Trace long line (4)
A double definition to start – the first one refers to a trace of something – like the amount of T I like in my G&T!
11a Lovely trapping first of pheasants — game (3,3)
A nounal synonym of lovely containing (trapping) the initial letter (first) of Pheasants.
12a Fine stuff, player collecting crosses in the middle (8)
A synonym of player (frequently one who participates on-line) containing (collecting) the middle letters of crOSSes.
15a Drink or biscuit in French house? (7)
A triple definition – if the illustration doesn’t help, the house is regal.
20a Don bags lead in partnership (4,3,8)
A synonym of don (as in clothing) and an article of clothing (with a definite article) for which bags is an informal term.
25a Book is perfect, I see! (6)
IS from the clue, the letter and number combination for perfect, and a two letter interjection that can be equivalent to I see!.
27a Resort where Benidorm is, less popular (3)
Where Benidorm is (in terms of a country) with the two letter term for popular removed (less).
28a Females in the field manipulate sounds (4)
The homophone (sounds) of manipulate.
1d Astronomically huge ball placed on vase (6)
A synonym of placed precedes (on) a type of vase.
3d Warmer steam iron here, failing, I am pressing down on it (9,6)
An anagram (failing) of STEAM IRON HERE preceded by (pressing down on it) the abbreviated form of I am.
5d Leader in city, urban ecologist unfortunately just failing (5,3,2,5)
An anagram (unfortunately) of the first letter (leader in) of City and URBAN ECOLOGIST – Hmm – this expression originated in the USA in the 19th Century, I am not sure how widely known or used it is in the UK.
7d Simple body of water (4)
A double definition – the second is usually a relatively small body of water.
18d Where bid may be beyond doubt (2,6)
This is derived from cruciverbalists’ favourite card game and relates to a bid in the suit that is last in the sequence.
21d Fighting sport (6)
A double definition – the first relates to verbal fighting and the second is not fisticuffs.
24d Instrument needing tuning, though not originally (4)
OK – I am not a musician – a reason for tuning, say, a piano because it is ***** with the first letter removed (though not originally) gives another instrument.
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An unlikely number one enjoyed by Lee Marvin for three weeks beginning March 7, 1970, from Paint Your Wagon: