Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3048 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where I have been self-medicating with Tanqueray and Tonic and Mouton Cadet and it appears to be working as I have not succumbed to any virus or malaria
Seriously, wherever you are in our cruciverbalist world, stay safe everyone.
Dada back to very quirky with a few Hmms – I counted five anagrams (two partials), one lurker, and no homophones – all in a symmetric 26 clues, with 14 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 8a, 26a, and 5d.
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:
7a Number on both sides in small craft (7)
A cardinal number placed after (on) the first and last letters (both sides in) of SmalL – Hmm.
10a Nothing fine about a fine romance! (4,6)
The tennis term for nothing and a synonym of fine containing (about) A from the clue and the single letter for fine.
12a Behind me, light winds catching a standing stone, say? (8)
An anagram (winds) of LIGHT containing (catching) A from the clue placed after (behind) ME from the clue.
15a Distant position of angle (11)
A synonym of position (for example, when expressing an opinion), OF from the clue, and a verbal synonym of angle.
19a Somewhat infectious, her parent a probable carrier? (6)
The lurker (somewhat) found in the rest of the clue.
23a Something funny about a boy — saucy thing (5,5)
A single word for something that could be (very) funny containing A from the clue and a synonym of boy.
26a Hang around an old house (7)
A synonym of hang containing (around) AN from the clue.
1d Loaf rose, say? (7)
A generic term that can describe a rose or any other flower.
3d Check building if shut (6)
An anagram (building) of IF SHUT.
5d End up with horrible mess under something sticky — oh dear! (8,2)
END from the clue reversed (up) with an anagram (horrible) of MESS all placed after (under) a three letter term for something sticky.
9d In a flash, one bit endlessly fractured (11)
An anagram (fractured) of A FLASH, ONE BI
t with the last letter removed from bit (endlessly).
16d Shark on with a cuckoo in floating zoo? (5,3)
An anagram (cuckoo) of SHARK ON with A.
17d Ancient carrier requires map to orbit moon (7)
A synonym of map containing (to orbit) a moon of Jupiter.
24d Bird man (4)
A double definition to finish – the second is RD’s favourite chess piece.
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Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich about half way through a week at number one, with their only number one, on March 22, 1968 – The Legend of Xanadu – whips included:
And, if you are wondering about the e-mail address that appears on the screen about three-quarters of the way through – that is the individual who posted it on YouTube.