Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3047 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, with most things closing down as a result of you know what, I am very grateful for crosswords in general and Big Dave’s Blog in particular.
Dada less quirky than last week, but that still means there are some Hmms and even a groan or two with plenty of Lego required – I counted six anagrams (two partials), one reverse lurker, and no homophones – all in a symmetric 28 clues, with 16 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 1a, 4d, and 8d.
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 Leg fractured originally: justifiable concern for player (5,6)
A synonym of leg (perhaps in reference to some endurance events), the first letter (originally) of Fractured, and a synonym of justifiable.
12a Short serial broadcast — you can bet on it! (9)
A synonym of short (perhaps in reference to a single malt) followed by an anagram (broadcast) of serial – the answer has a perhaps more common four letter abbreviated form.
14a Calling time, Harry locks up (6)
A verbal synonym of harry contains (locks up) an abbreviated form of a unit of time.
18a Welshman perhaps touring outskirts of garish resort (8)
A more generic term for a Welshman (or a Scotsman, or an Englishman) containing (touring) the first and last letters (outskirts) of GarisH.
20a Journalist applying spin to nonsense I had encouraged at first (6)
A three letter synonym of nonsense, the abbreviated form of I had, and the initial letter (at first) of Encouraged all reversed (applying spin to).
23a Knocked to the left in garret, lamp switch (5)
The reverse lurker (knocked to the left in) found in the rest of the clue.
26a Confidence in dieter cut after wobble (9)
An anagram (after wobble) of DIETER CUT.
28a Gain energy facing job — is one puffed up? (11)
A (fiscal) synonym of gain and the single letter for energy placed before (facing) a synonym of job.
2d Dickensian character‘s unexpected turn of events? (5)
A double definition – the first is the surname of the Dickensian character who asked for more.
4d Minimum iron on bearing (6)
The chemical symbol for iron and a four letter (compass) bearing.
6d Shelter under roof of houseboat in port (7)
A type of (garden) shelter placed after (under) the first letter (roof) of Houseboat.
7d Parts of plane, for example, complete (4,3,6)
Two parts of a plane (tree) with the combining conjunction between them.
9d Reforming — as ruler will be? (5,8)
A double definition – the first may apply to someone exiting the nick.
19d Avian canine (7)
A double definition – the first is a type of hawk and the second is illustrated below.
22d For example, painting walls in office, very enthusiastic (6)
What painting can be an example of containing (walls in) a type of (especially home) office.
25d The same English queens used another language, initially (5)
And we finish with the selection of a sequence of initial letters.
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Sir Michael Caine celebrated his 87th birthday yesterday. This is the closing sequence from one of his best known films Alfie. The singer is either Millicent Martin, who also appeared in the film, or Cher depending on whether it is the UK or US release of the film. This, according to the credits, is the US release: