Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3050
Hints and tips by Senf
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BD Rating – Difficulty **/*** – Enjoyment ****
Until the Telegraph resumes the award of prizes for the Weekend puzzles, this post, and all other Weekend posts, will be just like the Monday to Friday posts, with hints for every clue and revealable answers. BD
A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, in her own way, Mother Nature showed us that, even though it is Spring, she can be as quirky as Dada. Rain on Wednesday evening turned into snow on Thursday and by the time it stopped around lunchtime on Friday she had given us 20cm.
Keep staying safe everyone.
Dada quirky again this week – I counted seven anagrams (two partials), no lurkers, and three homophones – all in an asymmetric 27 clues.
Candidates for favourite – 4a, 16a, 1d, and 5d.
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1a Rough passage, it’s said? (6)
COARSE: One of the homophones to start (it’s said) of synonym of passage.
4a Not this cold, hot layer of straw, say? (6)
THATCH: A single word for not this, the single letter for cold, and the single letter for hot.
8a Daydreaming, put first of Cornish pasties in a stew (8)
ESCAPIST: An anagram (put . . . in a stew) of the initial letter (first) of Cornish and PASTIES.
10a Smooth and tough Arctic explorer saving lives, originally (6)
PEARLY: A renowned US Arctic explorer, who claimed to have reached the geographic North Pole on April 6, 1909, containing (saving) the first letter (originally) of Lives.
11a Wading bird that may be on reef? (4)
KNOT: A word when placed after (on) reef results in a particular form of ‘interlacement of parts of a rope.’
12a Decorative accessory turning into a scarf (10)
FASCINATOR: An anagram (turning) of INTO A SCARF.
13a Devouring rubbish including last scrap of meal, journalist ate too much (12)
OVERINDULGED: An anagram (rubbish) of DEVOURING containing (including) the final letter (last scrap) of meaL followed by the usual two letter journalist.
16a Upset as given the sack, it’s implied? (12)
DISAPPOINTED: A single word that could indicate (it’s implied) that someone has been given the sack – I think we have seen this before.
20a Opener: cricketer who’s gloved bouncer, say? (10)
DOORKEEPER: An object that opens to allow passage and the abbreviated term for the cricketer who wears gloves when in his or her fielding position.
21a Mend part of shoe, did you say? (4)
HEAL: A homophone (did you say) of part of a shoe.
22a Two family members together soon enough (6)
MAÑANA: Familiar terms for mother and grandmother – a Spanish word so there should really be a ~ (tilde) over the first N.
23a Around New England state, communist stayed (8)
REMAINED: The informal term for communist placed around one of the (coastal) new England states.
24a Preferably pretty (6)
RATHER: A double definition – the first is an adverbial synonym of preferably.
25a Where log may be doing very well (2,4)
ON FIRE: A reasonably straightforward double definition to finish the Acrosses.
1d Great lover with sex appeal certainly not into wine (8)
CASANOVA: The two letter abbreviation for sex appeal (which is in the BRB) and the single word for certainly not all inserted into a type of (sparkling Spanish) wine.
2d Expect there’s a load to listen to? (5)
AWAIT: The third homophone (to listen to) of load placed after A from the clue.
3d Set tailors up on wet land (7)
STIFFEN: A verbal synonym of tailors reversed (up) and a term for an East Anglian wet land.
5d So mad having trodden on nail, perhaps? (7)
HOPPING: One’s stance, perhaps, after treading on a nail.
6d A great new haunt where refreshments served outdoors (3,6)
TEA GARDEN: An anagram (new) of A GREAT and term for a (male) haunt.
7d Unhappy after short vacation in cave (6)
HOLLOW: A synonym of unhappy placed after an abbreviated (short) form of a synonym of vacation.
9d Ailing puss, I repeat, delicate thing (6,5)
TISSUE PAPER: An anagram (ailing) of PUSS, I REPEAT.
14d Bird breeds with rat, remarkably (9)
REDBREAST: An anagram (remarkably) of BREEDS with RAT.
15d Big blows in general — lawyers’ terms? (8)
LEGALESE: Big blows (as in strong winds) inserted into (in) the surname of a General of the Confederate States Army.
17d Observe servant providing quantity of dripping? (7)
SEEPAGE: A synonym of observe and a (often young) servant.
18d Boaters in Sanremo at sea (7)
OARSMEN: An anagram (at sea) of SANREMO.
19d Musical about Genesis etc lifting agent? (3,3)
HOT AIR: A 1960s American Tribal Love-Rock Musical containing (about) the two letters that describe Genesis etc – the video below is part of the introduction to the film version of the musical.
21d One in Panama, say, heading for idyllic island nation (5)
HAITI: The single l;etter for one placed in the headwear that panama is a type of (say) followed by the first letter of (heading for) Idyllic.
Agnetha Faltskog, the blonde female singer of ABBA, is celebrating her 70th birthday today. Here she is with the rest of the group performing their most successful worldwide number one from 1976: