Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3054
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 most of Canada is starting to re-open for business. In Manitoba, as from tomorrow, some, what have been deemed to be non-essential, businesses and important facilities like golf courses are being allowed to open albeit with restrictions and, if needed, they will be shut back down faster than they were re-opened!
Keep staying safe everyone.
Fortunately as I used my weekend ‘quirky’ yesterday, Dada is again benevolent this week – four anagrams (three partials), one lurker, and no homophones – all in an asymmetric 28 clues.
Candidates for favourite – 4a, 11a, 23a, and 15d.
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 Throw what remains of tree (5)
STUMP: A double definition to start – the second is more obvious than the first.
4a Beastly disease caught by popular playwright (5)
IBSEN: The acronym for the formal name for mad cow disease inserted into (caught by) the two letter synonym for popular.
10a Written in past, one agenda ancient (5-3)
STONE-AGE: The lurker (written in) found in three words in the clue.
11a Cash for release charged, a bit short (6)
RANSOM: A synonym of charged (as in movement) and a single word for a bit with the last letter removed (short).
12a Batting partner, one who’s gone down (6)
INMATE: The two letter word that can indicate (crickety) batting and a synonym of partner.
13a Couple of drinks taken before my game (3,5)
GIN RUMMY: Two alcoholic drinks placed in front of (taken before) MY from the clue.
14a Sport for a chirpy high jumper? (7)
CRICKET: A double definition – need I say more.
16a Working team OK to receive ball (6)
ON SIDE: The two letter synonym for working and another term for team.
17a Decorative style in gold backed by Chanel (6)
ROCOCO: The heraldic term for gold reversed (backed) placed before (by) the soubriquet of Mme Chanel.
19a Transport leader playing on the Underground, perhaps? (7)
BUSKING: A form of (motor) transport and a type of (regal) leader.
21a Criminal: villain online nailing two consecutive characters (8)
HIJACKER: An online villain containing (nailing) two consecutive characters (letters) one a vowel, one a cosonant.
22a Insignificant moment (6)
MINUTE: Another double definition which depends on pronunciation.
23a Movement: a good one to gatecrash a party (6)
ADAGIO: The first A from the clue, the single letter for good, and the letter that represents one all contained by (to gatecrash) the second A from the clue and the two letter synonym for party.
24a Chef outlining base for rewriting journal (8)
CASEBOOK: A synonym of chef, which some chefs might raise an eyebrow at, containing (outlining) and anagram (for rewriting) of BASE.
25a Marry fool in duke, ignoring odd bits (5)
UNITE: A type of fool inserted into (in) the even letters (ignoring the odd bits) of dUkE.
26a Layer not applicable in hair dye (5)
HENNA: A layer as illustrated below and the two letters used for not applicable.
2d Huge flap, heading off after bird (7)
TITANIC: A synonym of flap with the first letter removed (heading off) placed after a type of bird.
3d Person ordering an assortment scoffs a fruit (8,6)
MANDARIN ORANGE: A synonym of person, followed by an anagram (assortment) of ORDERING AN containing (scoffs) A from the clue.
5d Corporation worker beginning to get into routine (4,3)
BEER GUT: A busy (insect) worker followed by the initial letter (beginning to) Get contained by (into) a type of (humdrum) routine.
6d Flawed sovereign, awfully sour one (9)
ERRONEOUS:Our sovereign’s regnal cypher followed by an anagram (awfully) of SOUR ONE.
7d People go quickly (4)
RACE: Another reasonably straightforward double definition.
8d Certain ablutions queen abandoned (14)
UNQUESTIONABLE: An anagram (abandoned) of ABLUTIONS QUEEN.
9d Over sea, collection of animals sped (6)
ZOOMED: The short form of a collection of animals placed before (over) the short form of a large sea.
15d Demolish village and county in two parts of Ireland (5,4)
KNOCK DOWN: A village in County Mayo in the Republic of Ireland, and the county in Northern Ireland in which the largest town is Bangor.
18d Spanish city competed in two complete circuits (6)
OVIEDO: A synonym of competed inserted between (in) two of the letter that can represent a complete circuit – not a Spanish city I have heard of, it is the capital city of the Principality of Asturias in northern Spain.
19d Soup bowls on rather snazzy coasters here, tremendous for starters (7)
BORSCHT: The first letters (for starters) of seven words in the clue.
20d Dance alight (3,4)
GET DOWN: Another double definition – the first is a slang term which the BRB defines as ‘to disport oneself with abandon’ I suppose that can include dance.
22d Fail to catch girl (4)
MISS: Yet another double definition to finish – which is probably the most straightforward in the puzzle.
Amazingly, this was a number one for Mud, their third and last, starting on this day in 1975 and lasting for two weeks. I much prefer the Buddy Holly version from 1957 with grateful thanks to my older sister for making me listen to it: