Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3049
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where in several jurisdictions, as in the UK, liquor stores (off licences) have been declared essential businesses, cheers everyone, hic!
Seriously, and once again, wherever you are in our cruciverbalist world, stay safe everyone – it’s going to get a lot worse before it even starts to get better.
Well it has taken a worldwide pandemic and a 14% vote margin, but, on my 165th Sunday blog, this is the first time I have had to solve the complete puzzle so that I can write the hints
Dada very quirky again this week, with a few Hmms – I counted four anagrams (two partials), one lurker, and one homophone – all in an asymmetric 29 clues.
Candidates for favourite – 11a, 19a, 24a, and 15d.
In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the Click here! buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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8a First opportunity (7)
OPENING: A double definition to start – the first relates to a beginning.
10a Stress being male in the house? (3,4)
RAM HOME: A woolly four legged male usually found on a farm followed by a single word for in the house.
11a Symbol featuring on top of English coin (9)
SOVEREIGN: A synonym of symbol containing (featuring) a single word for on top of and the single letter for English.
12a Boss hasn’t finished — that’s a mistake (5))
GAFFE: A favourite term for a boss with the last letter removed (hasn’t finished)
13a Comforting word right within you (5)
THERE: The single letter for right inserted into (within) the archaic dative and accusative form of you.
14a Short passage not including covering letter, ultimately (7)
EXCERPT: A synonym of not (as in exclusion) containing (covering) the last letter (ultimately) of letteR.
17a Hitherto, elegant forms exposed (2,3,10)
IN THE ALTOGETHER: An anagram (forms) of HITHERTO, ELEGANT.
19a Impressive, a city in Georgia (7)
AUGUSTA: A synonym of impressive followed by A from the clue.
21a Pocketed by OAP, age-related communications device (5)
PAGER: The lurker (pocketed by) found in the rest of the clue.
24a Organ — one breathing? (5)
LIVER: A double definition – the second generates a Hmm and the first is the source of bile.
26a Revolutionary penning article after proper lecture (9)
REPRIMAND: A three letter revolutionary (based on colour) containing (penning) all of one of the indefinite articles placed after a synonym of proper.
27a Head of silver, if not grey (7)
SUNLESS: The first letter (head) of Silver and a single word for if not gives a term that could be meteorological.
28a Book has the ability to offend for a start — might one blow one’s top? (7)
VOLCANO: An abbreviated form of a synonym of book, a three letter term for has the ability to, and the initial letter (for a start) of Offend.
1d Soak up solidified lemony dessert (6)
POSSET: A three letter synonym of soak reversed (up) and a three letter synonym of solidified.
2d Passion around contests, most substantial (8)
HEAVIEST: A synonym of passion containing (around) a verbal synonym of contests.
3d Intensity in shocking scenes with fire (10)
FIERCENESS: An anagram (shocking) of SCENES with FIRE.
4d Principals of colleges evident in photo, working for US university (9)
PRINCETON: The first letters (principals) of Colleges Evident inserted into a processed photo followed by the two letter synonym of working.
5d Superior sweets with a twist (4)
SMUG: Sweets that may be fruit or chewing reversed (with a twist)
6d Speaker — one’s barking! (6)
WOOFER: A double definition – the first is a speaker in an audio system.
7d Rat steered off, heading for rathole (8)
DESERTER: An anagram (off) of STEERED followed by the first letter (heading) of Rathole.
9d Spirit bottles a beneficial thing (4)
GAIN: A type of (liquid) spirit sometimes referred to as mother’s ruin containing (bottles) A from the clue.
15d Mashed pear in cold cheese (10)
CAERPHILLY: An anagram (mashed) of PEAR inserted into (in) a synonym of cold.
16d Sporting rarity, huge winger? (9)
ALBATROSS: A double definition – the first is a particularly low score in a game sometimes described as a good walk spoiled.
17d How photograph in the dark is taken immediately? (2,1,5)
IN A FLASH: I thought that this might be a double definition, nut decided against it – the use of a camera accessory.
18d Porker, chap always finding time for excessive drinking? (8)
HOGMANAY: Another term for porker (as an animal), a synonym of chap, and a two letter (Scottish) synonym of always.
20d Flexible donation to charity (6)
GIVING: A(nother) double definition – the second is a single word for donation to charity.
22d Newspaper seller carrying edition with odd parts censored (3-3)
RED TOP: An abbreviated form of a seller who usually travels often containing (carrying) what remains when the odd letters (parts) are removed (censored) from eDiTiOn.
23d Black-marketeer sending big guns over (4)
SPIV: A four letter mnemonic for (human) big guns reversed (sending . . . over).
25d Reportedly true film (4)
REEL: We finish with the homophone (reportedly) of true – with a Hmm.
Eric Idle is 77 today and this is his contribution to the 2012 London Olympics Closing Ceremony – the singing starts around 2m 45s – perhaps it is appropriate for what we are going through right now: