Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3052
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 I have to wonder if it is really Sunday, one day seems so much like another at the moment.
Keep staying safe everyone.
After solving the reprise of Mr Halpern’s first puzzle in The Guardian, from 25 years ago, yesterday, I can only say that he started out as he meant to carry on – quirky! But, having said that, Dada is somewhat benevolent this week – five anagrams (two partials), two lurkers (one reversed), and one homophone – all in a very asymmetric 29 clues in one of the strangest grids I have seen.
Candidates for favourite – 12a, 26a, 4d, and 21d.
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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8a Limb almost entirely covered in cooked food served at breakfast (9)
MARMALADE: A limb attached to one’s upper torso, followed by a synonym of entirely with the last letter removed (almost) all contained (covered in) by a synonym of cooked.
10a Climber pocketing gold key (5)
IVORY: A climbing evergreen plant containing (pocketing) the heraldic term for gold gives one of 52 keys on a piano.
11a Site of traffic island for pedestrian (6-2-3-4)
MIDDLE-OF-THE-ROAD: Where a pedestrian may take ‘refuge’ when crossing from one side to another.
12a Nosh very good, feeding me pastry dish (4,3)
MEAT PIE: A verbal synonym of nosh, and the two letter term for very good all inserted into (feeding) ME from the clue.
13a Saying prayers initially, wanderer heading for basilica (7)
PROVERB: The first letter (initially) of Prayers, another term for a wanderer, and the first letter (heading for) of Basilica.
15a Falling apart after row, her woes compounded (3,5,3,4)
THE WORSE FOR WEAR: An anagram (compounded) of AFTER ROW, HER WOES.
19a Label dish with game (7)
HASHTAG: A mixed dish of meat and vegetables, in small pieces, and a (children’s usually outdoor) game.
22a Pride scattering by the way — as tiger appears (7)
STRIPED: An anagram (scattering) of PRIDE after the short form of a type of (road) way.
24a Tragically ma, in truth, I love a drink! (7,8)
ITALIAN VERMOUTH: An anagram (tragically) of MA, IN TRUTH, I LOVE A.
26a Stand guard over timer (5)
WATCH: A double definition – the second can be worn on one’s wrist.
27a With lid removed, finished fluid (4-5)
OPEN-ENDED: A single word for with lid removed and a synonym of finished.
1d Prayer leader: you can call me a leader of Muslims (4)
IMAM: A (1’1) term for you can call me, A from the clue, and the first letter (leader) of Muslims.
2d Beer or punch? (6)
WALLOP: A double definition – the first is a slang term for beer.
3d Rank individual numbers in pieces of music (8)
BARONESS: The plural of a number that can represent an individual contained by elements (pieces) of music gives a ‘rank’ in the peerage.
4d Strap yourself in and shut it! (4,2)
BELT UP: A(nother) double definition – the second is an ‘instruction’ to be quiet.
5d Ultimately, innings do-or-die, unfortunately, for opener (4,4)
SIDE DOOR: The last letter (ultimately) of inningS and an anagram (unfortunately) of DO-OR-DIE.
6d Second wine down (6)
MOROSE: A two letter term for a second and a type of wine (not red or white).
7d Length of blade yet to turn up for saw (4)
EYED: The reverse lurker (length of . . . to turn up) found in the rest of the clue.
9d Recording of communist bureaucracy (3,4)
RED TAPE: The colour used to describe communist and a recording medium.
12d Suit and tie (5)
MATCH: A(nother) double definition – the second is a sporting tie.
14d By the sound of it, committee nodding off? (5)
BORED: The homophone (by the sound of it) of a type of committee.
16d Clear away one side (8)
OUTRIGHT: A synonym of away and one of the (handed) sides.
17d Safer net designed for catch, say? (8)
FASTENER: An anagram (designed for) of SAFER NET.
18d Old money? Discuss at length (7)
EXPOUND: The two letters often used for old and the major unit of UK money.
20d Flighty animal in house of swine (6)
SCATTY: A (domestic) animal (the one that ignores you) contained by (in) the farm building housing swine.
21d Retriever, say, set free in outskirts of Godalming (3,3)
GUN DOG: A single word for set free contained by (in) the first and last letters (outskirts) of GodalminG.
23d Stuffed sheep taken over sea (6)
RAMMED: A male sheep placed before (taken over) the abbreviated name of a large inland sea.
24d English isle over a US state (4)
IOWA: The acronym of the island that ‘blocks the entrance’ to Southampton and Portsmouth and A from the clue.
25d Some patch I described for mask (4)
HIDE: The lurker (some) found in the rest of the clue.
A random selection this week; this is Duelling Banjos from the 1972 film Deliverance: