Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3053
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, starting on Wednesday, we have had four days of plus double digit high temperatures and, on Thursday, the warmest day of the year so far at 17.4 degrees (can’t forget the 0.4).
Keep staying safe everyone.
Dada is benevolent with a few Hmms this week – four anagrams (one Partial), one lurker, and two homophones – all in an almost symmetric 30 clues.
Candidates for favourite – 9a, 28a, 6d, and 25d.
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 Navel-gazing cover of early music? (12)
INTROVERSION: The early part of a piece of music followed by a musical term for cover, and don’t forget the ‘?’.
9a Rush to pocket daily tax (9)
SURCHARGE: A synonym of rush containing (to pocket) a type of daily (cleaner).
10a Close match, winning (3,2)
TIE UP: A sports match in a knockout competition and a two letter synonym of winning.
11a Brilliance in manipulation of result (6)
LUSTRE: An anagram (in manipulation of) RESULT.
12a Animal circling trap, one with dark locks (8)
BRUNETTE: A generic (lower) animal containing (circling) a synonym of trap.
13a Neighbouring houses cold, time for something sweet (6)
NECTAR: A possible synonym for neighbouring containing (houses) the single letters for cold and time.
15a Wearing attitude, for example (8)
INSTANCE: A two letter word that can be a synonym for wearing and a synonym of attitude.
18a Fault-finder securing a very strong, raised platform (8)
SCAFFOLD: A person, usually a woman, who constantly finds fault in a strident or clamorous manner containing (securing) all of A from the clue and how very strong is indicated musically.
19a Each unfilled cake is behind a pastry dish (6)
akE with the ‘interior’ letters removed (unfilled) placed after (is behind) A from the clue and a type of pastry dish.
21a Refuse drink after dizzy spell? (4,4)
TURN DOWN: A verbal synonym of drink (rapidly) placed after a single word for dizzy spell.
23a Hot air baked breakfast item (6)
WAFFLE: A double definition – the second is illustrated below.
26a Pick up king literarily before knight (5)
LEARN: Literarily, or perhaps a literary, king placed before the chess designation for knight.
27a Try charm to impress very old university (9)
ENDEAVOUR: A synonym of charm containing (to impress) the single letters for very, old, and university – but we didn’t know it was one of this chap’s fictional first names until the prequel series came out.
28a Home visitor in fight to break up domestic argument? (5,7)
HOUSE SPARROW: A synonym of (practice) fight inserted into (to break up) a synonymic phrase for domestic argument.
1d Slight cut in hormone (7)
INSULIN: A synonym of slight with the last letter removed (cut) and IN from the clue.
2d Initially tubby uncle, rather podgy, slightly thinner (5)
TURPS: The initial letters of Tubby Uncle, Rather Podgy, Slightly.
3d Husband, perhaps, bad for health! (5,4)
OTHER HALF: An anagram (bad) of FOR HEALTH.
4d Rank thirtieth among wedding celebrations, not first (4)
PEARL: The precious stone that is used to indicate the thirtieth wedding anniversary with its first letter removed (not first) gives a rank in the peerage.
5d That woman has a piece of jewellery for cutting (8)
SHEARING: The third person pronoun for that woman, A from the clue, and a (circular) piece of jewelry.
6d A great deal, decimal? (5)
OFTEN: Written as (2,3) this could mean decimal.
7d Literary unit one’s passed (8)
SENTENCE: A double definition – the second is passed in court.
8d Ball requiring bowling skill, not batting at this point (6)
SPHERE: A (crickety) bowling skill with the two letter word for (crickety) batting removed (not) and a single word for at this point.
14d In march, a revolutionary leader like Mao? (8)
CHAIRMAN: An anagram (revolutionary) of IN MARCH, A.
16d Chief relative going after first degree (3,6)
TOP B*N*N*: An informal term for an older relative placed after (going after) a synonym of first and two letters for an academic degree.
17d Immaculate level not there, by the sound of it? (8)
FLAWLESS: The first homophone (by the sound of it) of a two word term that could indicate a level (in a building) is not there.
18d Take up residence somewhere in North Yorkshire (6)
SETTLE: A double definition – the second is the Southern end of a famous railway line – we have had this, or something very similar before.
20d Wee boy confused about religion at first, one raised by sceptic? (7)
EYEBROW: An anagram (confused) of WEE BOY containing (about) the initial letter (at first) of Religion.
22d A little diamond in gold canine (5)
DINGO: The lurker (a little) found in three words in the clue.
24d This is ground where plant reported (5)
FLOUR: The second homophone (where . . . reported) of a type of plant.
25d Chances those in court are cut (4)
ODDS: The ‘designation’ of the letters (those) in COURT that are selected to make CUT.
Something that I hope some of you will find uplifting or just plain enjoyable – The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain performed at the Proms in 2009, this was a ‘Late Night’ Prom after the ‘regular’ Prom for that day had been completed, and they had a ‘mass’ performance, by 1008 ukuleles, of Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony: