Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3057
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 Spring, which was delayed by an extended Winter, appears to have been cut short by the early arrival of Summer with temperatures in the high 20s.
Keep staying safe everyone.
After a slow start and a number of Hmms, Dada turned out to be back to benevolence – six anagrams (only one complete in its own right), two lurkers, and no homophones – all in an almost symmetric 28 clues.
Candidates for favourite – 7a, 12a, 23a, 6d, and 26d.
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 Short break: is one inspiring? (8)
BREATHER: A double definition(?) – the second is someone inspiring air.
9a Somewhere in Texas, a vessel from America? (6)
AUSTIN: A from the clue followed by a type of vessel preceded by two letters that could indicate that it comes from America (and the ‘somewhere’ is the state capital).
10a Particular time in novel ideal (6)
DETAIL: the single letter for time inserted into (in) an anagram (novel) of IDEAL.
11a Secreted in chancel even, this ordinal (8)
ELEVENTH: The first lurker found in (secreted in) three words in the clue.
12a Bit more than a crust earned? (5,3,6)
BREAD AND BUTTER: One may earn a crust or one may earn something that is more.
15a See predicament (4)
SPOT: A reasonably straightforward double definition.
17a All suspicious about nothing, end of story true (5)
LOYAL: An anagram (suspicious) of ALL containing (about) the letter that represents nothing and the last letter (end) of storY.
19a Push aside cakes, passed to the left (4)
SNUB: A synonym of cakes reversed (passed to the left).
20a Teenager a bit zonked working for Ginsberg etc (4,10)
BEAT GENERATION: An anagram (zonked) of TEENAGER A BIT followed by the two letter synonym for working – the Ginsberg in question is an American author – Hmm.
23a Defender put on boot for illicit payment (8)
KICKBACK: A defender in the oval or round ball game placed after (put on) a synonym of boot.
25a Be quick to pen a word of encouragement (6)
HURRAY: A single word for be quick containing (to pen) A from the clue.
27a Cloak catching on for gangster (6)
CAPONE: A synonym of cloak containing (catching) ON from the clue.
28a Trying to rise, shattered crossword setter (8)
TIRESOME: An anagram (shattered) of TO RISE followed by the objective pronoun that can be applied to crossword setter.
1d Egg protected by four geese (4)
URGE: The second lurker (protected by) found in two words in the clue.
2d Land a chap dug up after father (6)
PANAMA: A from the clue and a synonym of chap all reversed (dug up) and placed after the two letter version of father..
3d Available officer ultimately in charge (4)
FREE: The last letter (ultimately) of officer inserted into (in) a type of charge.
4d Cake put away in France once cut (6)
GATEAU: A three letter synonym of put away (food, and past tense) inserted into (in) an old name for France with the last letter removed (cut).
5d A cry for help about top material that’s dangerous (8)
ASBESTOS: A from the clue and the three letters that can represent a cry for help containing (about) a synonym of top.
6d Successful person has squeeze on old writer (6,4)
VICTOR HUGO: A word for a successful person (in a sports competition?), a three letter term for has squeeze, and the single letter for old.
8d Found in room, tatty bag (7)
HOLDALL: A synonym of tatty contained by (found in) a type of room.
13d Clear up and bin rubbish? Not for a sovereign! (10)
REPUBLICAN: An anagram (rubbish) of CLEAR UP and BIN.
14d Senior party on the money in Tokyo (5)
DOYEN: The familiar two letter party and the unit of currency in Tokyo (and the rest of Japan).
16d A youth moving to catch knight, then king, cheers (5,3)
THANK YOU: An anagram (moving) of A YOUTH containing (to catch) the chess notation for knight and king.
18d Half of chop thrown in, is one tempting for dog? (7)
LURCHER: Half of the word CHop inserted into (thrown in) a single word for someone who could be tempting.
21d Pottery worker, one looking to keep third in kiln (6)
GLAZER: Someone who is looking long and steadily containing (to keep) the third letter in kiLn.
22d Bird dropping first of eggs in the long grass (6)
THRUSH: THE from the clue and a type of long grass with the first letter of Eggs removed (dropping).
24d Tackle hard friends and acquaintances (4)
KITH: A synonym of tackle (as in, for example, sports equipment) and the single letter for hard.
26d Military leader’s fallen off potty (4)
ARMY: A synonym of potty with the first letter removed (leader’s fallen off).
Accomplished Canadian pianist Marnie Laird demonstrates how good Rabbit Dave might have been if he had listened to his piano teacher and concentrated on developing his prowess with Beethoven’s Für Elise rather than with Nut Rocker*:
* RD’s comment last week – http://bigdave44.com/2020/05/17/st-3056/ Comment 1 – gives the background for this selection.