Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3056
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 commemorating Queen Victoria’s birthday with a three day holiday weekend.
Keep staying safe everyone.
Well, after three weeks of benevolence this could only go one way – quirky – five anagrams (two partials and the other three requiring single letter insertions), one lurker, and two homophones – all in a symmetric 30 clues.
Candidates for favourite – 7a, 21a, 28a, and 13d.
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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7a Pitch, perhaps, supporting movement (9)
PROMOTION: A three letter term for supporting and a synonym of movement.
8a Repentant, eh? (5)
SORRY: A double definition – the second may indicate failure to have heard something that has been said.
10a Concept working after turning it on (6)
NOTION:The two letter synonym for working placed after the reversal (turning) of IT ON from the clue.
11a Fabulous way to stop opponent (8)
KNOCKOUT: A double definition – the second refers to stopping an opponent in the noble art.
12a Walk away from barren place (6)
DESERT: Another double definition – the second could be the Kalahari.
14a Jet fellow mentioned (6)
GEYSER: The first homophone (mentioned) of a slang synonym of fellow.
16a Huge tank carrying first of soldiers (4)
VAST: A type of tank containing (carrying) the first of Soldiers.
17a A little beneath one, young love (5)
HONEY: The lurker (a little) found in the rest of the clue.
18a Small number did you say? That was close! (4)
PHEW: The second homophone (did you say) of a single word for small number.
19a Office is out at sea catching cod, ultimately (6)
STUDIO: An anagram (at sea) of IS OUT containing the last letter (ultimately) of coD.
21a Northern French river in north country (6)
NORMAN: The single letter for river inserted into (in) the single letter for north and an (emirate) country.
24a Unidentified male smashed in head (8)
NAMELESS: An anagram (smashed) of male inserted into (in) a (geographic) head.
26a Fish left in sea, somewhat lacking? (6)
MARLIN: The single letter for left inserted into (in) a synonym of sea with the last letter removed (somewhat lacking).
27a Swift escape, with little time (5)
FLEET: A synonym of escape and (with) the single letter (little) of time.
28a Indian queen reversing, backs behind (2,7)
IN ARREARS: A four letter Indian queen reversed and a synonym of backs.
1d Family worry (5)
BROOD: Another reasonably straightforward double definition.
2d Source of wealth in mint built just around the corner (8)
IMMINENT: An original source of wealth (such as gold or diamonds) inserted into (in) an anagram (built) of MINT.
3d Very much is supported by the Church, now (2,4)
AT ONCE: A (1,3) term that could be synonymous with very much followed (is supported) by the two letters for the Anglican Church.
4d Foreign market like that with Britain (4)
SOUK: A two letter word equivalent to like that and (with) the two letters for GB (and NI!).
5d Cash about a grand — half of that in the East End? (6)
MONKEY: A synonym of cash containing (about) the letter used to indicate a grand (in weights and measures, for example) gives a slang term for an amount of cash.
6d Stolen bust restored, featuring Urban’s head (9)
TROUSERED: An anagram (bust) of RESTORED containing (featuring) the initial letter (head) of Urban.
9d Party that’s abominable ending in disarray — ready to take a pummelling? (6)
DOUGHY: The two letter party, a three letter interjection for abominable, and the last letter (ending in) of disarraY.
13d Joint group of players turned over (5)
TENON: A group of (music) players reversed (turned over).
15d Skill I required during friendly, to a certain extent (9)
PARTIALLY: A synonym of skill and I from the clue contained by (required during) a synonym of friendly.
17d Clean house no more (6)
HOOVER: The two letter abbreviated form of house and a single word for no more.
18d Colour match in enclosure (3-5)
PEA GREEN: A synonym of match inserted into (in) a type of (animal) enclosure.
20d One in Leeds travelling about — lorry driver? (6)
DIESEL: The letter used to represent one inserted into (in) an anagram (travelling about) of LEEDS.
22d Observation on one of the gospels (6)
REMARK: A two letter synonym of on and one of the NT Gospels (the second one).
23d Cook claims that is hot (5)
FIERY: A cooking method containing (claims) the (Latin) abbreviation for that is.
25d Issue good number (4)
SONG: The male offspring (issue) and the single letter for good.
B. Bumble and the Stingers started one week at number one on this day in 1962, it almost makes one wish that the pop charts were published more frequently than weekly: