Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3055
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 have had a very chilly start to May with single digit high temperatures when we should be basking in the high teens.
Keep staying safe everyone.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that Dada is again benevolent this week, even more so than the last two weeks – seven anagrams (one partial), one lurker, and one homophone – all in an almost symmetric 30 clues.
Candidates for favourite – 23a, 27a, 3d, and 9d.
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 Jump season (6)
SPRING: A double definition to start – the second is the subject of the concerto below.
4a A course including day for lecture (8)
ADMONISH: A from the clue and a type of (food) course containing (including) the abbreviated form of one of the days of the week.
10a Problem for camel’s back continues, unsightly growth returning (4,5)
LAST STRAW: A synonym of continues (don’t forget the S at the end) and the reversal (returning) of an unsightly growth (often found on a finger).
11a Bulb lit up when wiggled about (5)
TULIP: An anagram (when wiggled about) of LIT UP.
12a Keep around third of fires alight (7)
DETRAIN: A synonym of keep containing (around) the third letter of fiRes.
13a It’s true, I tell tales to keep son in worship (7)
IDOLISE: A three word statement (1,2,3) which is equivalent to it’s true, I tell tales containing (to keep) the single letter for son.
14a Together, women finally breaking a record (5)
ALONG: The last letter (finally) of womeN inserted into (breaking) A from the clue and a synonym of record.
15a Lift head after failing in Hertfordshire town (8)
HATFIELD: An anagram (after failing) of LIFT HEAD.
18a A dainty thing framing painting, say — priced separately (1,2,5)
À LA CARTE: A from the clue, something that can be considered to be dainty containing (framing) what painting is an example of (say).
20a Trumpeter, one going up high (5)
JUMBO: A double definition – the first is an informal term for the largest living land mammal.
23a Briefly, certain academic success better (7)
SURPASS: A synonym of certain with the last letter removed (briefly) and a single word for academic success.
25a Working playwright, reportedly — not in the main? (2,5)
ON SHORE: The two letter synonym of working and a homophone (reportedly) of the illustrated playwright.
26a Article by Home Counties people here? (5)
THESE: A definite article and the two letters for Home Counties.
27a Instinctive knowledge, where seminar leader’s expertise lies? (9)
INTUITION: Written as (2,7) a phrase that suggests where a seminar leader’s expertise lies.
28a Set apart, ten gears for cycling (8)
ESTRANGE: An anagram (for cycling) of TEN GEARS.
29a They say one can’t choose breakfast item in pub (6)
BEGGAR: One of the illustrated breakfast items inserted into (in) a synonym of pub.
1d Where 9 Down may be unfortunately tipped over, bad spilt on top of rug (5,3)
SALAD BAR: A synonym of unfortunately reversed (tipped over), and an anagram (spilt) of BAD before (on) the first letter (top) of Rug.
2d Italian food, roots mushed up with it (7)
RISOTTO: An anagram (mushed up) of ROOTS and (with) IT.
3d Boy standing over soldier covered in powder, sentimental (9)
NOSTALGIC: A type of boy reversed (standing over) and two letters for a foreign soldier contained by (covered in) a type of powder.
5d Miserable with a tickly throat, quite possibly? (4,2,3,5)
DOWN IN THE MOUTH: A type of ‘foreign object’ that may (quite possibly) cause a tickly throat.
6d Better function in the fresh air? (5)
OUTDO: A single word that could be used for in the fresh air and a synonym of function (as in party).
7d Bitterness in Shakespeare on his deathbed, possibly? (3-4)
ILL-WILL: The short form of Shakespeare’s Christian name placed after how he might be described if he were on his deathbed.
8d Storage bin, one missing a peg? (6)
HOPPER: How someone missing one of what peg is an informal synonym for might be described.
9d Saucy thing in haute couture? (6,8)
FRENCH DRESSING: The language of haute couture and a single word for in haute couture.
16d Fashionable, only diamonds wrong (9)
INJUSTICE: The two letter term for fashionable, a synonym of only, and the informal/slang term for diamonds.
17d Leader bringing over no registered nurses (8)
GOVERNOR: The lurker (nurses) found in four words in the clue.
19d Top star with leg broken (7)
LARGEST: An anagram (broken) of STAR and (with) LEG.
21d Low toll for berth (7)
MOORING: A synonym of low (as a sound) and a synonym of toll (also as a sound).
22d Set to play doubles, is one buzzing? (6)
TSETSE: An anagram (to play) of SET repeated (doubles).
24d Field: space confining last of oxen (5)
ARENA: A synonym of space containing (confining) the last letter of oxeN.
Bert Weedon, who, from 1957 when his book was first published, told us that we could learn to Play in a Day, was born on this day in 1920 (passed away in 2012). Here he is discussing the guitar and his book in an interview: