Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3051
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 we are having a chilly Easter weekend with maximum temperatures a few degrees either side of zero but, unless Hell has frozen over, I think we are surviving.
Keep staying safe everyone.
Dada quirky again this week – I lost count of the number of anagrams (but several of them were partials), one reversed lurker, and no homophones but lots of containments/insertions – all in a symmetric 28 clues.
Candidates for favourite – 1a, 15a, 5d, 16d, and 18d.
In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the ANSWER buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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1a Unspectacular flag on marsh (3-8)
BOG STANDARD: A type of flag, such as HM has, placed after (on) a three letter type of marsh.
9a Language in foreign glen I don’t speak! (7)
ENGLISH: An anagram (foreign) of GLEN I followed by a two letter interjection for don’t speak.
10a Turn one’s nose up at garbage (6)
REFUSE: A double definition – the second is a simple synonym.
12a North African city, more spicy (7)
TANGIER: A single word for more spicy becomes a city in Morocco.
13a Pine front for yew weapon? (7)
LONGBOW: A synonym of pine (as in wanting) and the front of a ship.
14a Raise head on effectively having missed alarm call? (5)
ELATE: The initial letter (head on) of Effectively and a single word descriptive term for having missed alarm call.
15a Worry about garden party, hosting one where grounds will be soaked? (9)
CAFETIÈRE: A synonym of worry containing (about) a type of garden party containing (hosting) the single letter used for one.
17a Sailor accepting work, figure a good wage? (3,6)
TOP DOLLAR: The three letter term for a sailor containing (accepting) the abbreviated form of a musical work and a synonym of figure (as in a type of toy?) – I consider that this is an unindicated Americanism but could not confirm that.
20a Upset — and in pieces? (3,2)
CUT UP: A double definition – the second might be the result of using a knife, or similar, on a single item.
22a Reasonable plate of slime? (7)
GOODISH: A three letter synonym of slime and a synonym of plate.
24a Cooker isn’t switched on (7)
AGAINST: The three letter type of cooker and an anagram (switched) of ISN’T.
25a Feeling resentment, drink (6)
BITTER: A(nother) double definition – the second is alcoholic.
26a Wrong I can’t put right, accommodating old lover (7)
INEXACT: An anagram (put right) of I CAN’T containing (accommodating) the usual two letter term for old lover.
27a Cooking ingredient, gluey drops plastered round end of spoon? (6,5)
GOLDEN SYRUP: An anagram (plastered) of GLUEY DROPS containing (round) the last letter (end) of spooN.
2d Opening provided to invest in gold and diamonds (7)
ORIFICE: The two letter synonym of provided inserted into (to invest in) a two letter term for gold (not the chemical symbol) and the slang term for diamonds.
3d Round leader in parliament, Charles I scattered guards (9)
SPHERICAL: An anagram (scattered) of CHARLES I contains (guards) the first letter (leader in) of Parliament.
4d Just over four weeks: a male finally out of danger (5)
APRIL: A from the clue, and a synonym of danger with the last letter (finally) of malE removed (out).
5d Dead skilful cushioning punch internally (7)
DEFUNCT: A synonym of skilful containing (cushioning) the internal letters of pUNCh.
6d Ridiculous bug has overwhelmed relative (7)
RISIBLE: A synonym of bug (as in annoy) containing (has overwhelmed) a three letter synonym of relative (and it’s not an abbreviation).
7d Focus of interest US money, balance required on time (6,5)
CENTRE STAGE: A US coin (also a coin in other countries), a single word for balance required (or remaining), and a synonym of time.
8d Kept up by bonehead, negative plan (6)
AGENDA: The reversed lurker (kept up by) found in two words in the clue.
11d Top taste, we suspect, with old vegetable (5,6)
SWEET POTATO: An anagram (suspect) of TOP TASTE, WE and (with) the single letter for Old.
16d Number embracing country ceremony (9)
FORMALITY: A number (which is a multiple of ten) containing (embracing) a four letter (African) country.
18d Clause for and against one, thus (7)
PROVISO: The three letter synonym of for, the single letter used to indicate against (in a contest), the single letter for one, and a synonym of thus.
19d Time to put out dog, originally neglected (7)
OMITTED: An anagram (put out) of TIME TO and the first letter (originally) of Dog.
20d Given copper plating, detest a castle (7)
CHATEAU: A synonym of detest and A from the clue all contained by (given . . . plating) of the chemical symbol for copper.
21d Protection for head which has squeezed in (3,3)
TIN HAT: An alternative to which containing (has squeezed) IN from the clue.
23d Some time without love on North American lake (5)
HURON: A period of time with the single letter used for love in a tennis score removed (without) followed by ON from the clue.
A bit of a ‘one hit wonder,’ Unit 4 + 2 were just over half way through their only week at number one on this day in 1965: