Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3058
Hints and tips by Senf
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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 after a few days of early Summer we returned to more Spring-like conditions but we have a forecast that June will start in truly ‘flaming’ fashion tomorrow with a forecast high of 30 degrees (that’s 86 degrees to those South of the 49th parallel).
Keep staying safe everyone.
Dada back to quirky this week – six anagrams (only one complete in its own right), no lurkers, and no homophones – all in an almost symmetric 30 clues.
Candidates for favourite – 13a, 5d, and 14d.
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 Miserable — as might be trombonist? (7,3)
BRASSED OFF: Consider the section of an orchestra that a trombonist is part of and use that to recall an expression that can mean miserable.
6a Take it easy, brain! (4)
LOAF: A double definition – the second is based on Cockney rhyming slang.
9a Lovely dirt — there’s the attraction! (10)
FAIRGROUND: A synonym of lovely followed by a synonym of dirt.
10a Fish: survivor of Tudor England? (4)
PARR: A double definition – for the second, I am sure the Tudor history experts among you will remember the sequence Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived – so what was the surname of the female survivor.
12a Perfect fortune (4)
MINT: Fast and furious on the double definitions today – in the first of this one the answer is often used with ‘condition.’
13a Moon best seen orbiting second of planets by day (9)
SATELLITE: A synonym of best containing (orbiting) the second letter of pLanets placed after (by) the abbreviated form of one of the days of the week.
15a Retreat in outskirts of Paris comes before (8)
PRECEDES: A synonym of retreat inserted into (in) the first and last letters (outskirts) of PariS.
16a Communicate the craft of Puck? (6)
IMPART: Written as (3,3) place a (creative) craft after the single word for a wicked spirit such as Puck.
18a Stay on border (6)
RESIDE: The two letter combination that can be equivalent to on followed by a synonym of border.
20a A junior reporter endlessly partying in St Moritz? (5-3)
APRES SKI: A from the clue and a (5,3) term that can mean junior reporter, where the term for junior is the second word, with the last letter removed (endlessly).
23a Beauty rubbishing old prunes (9)
SPLENDOUR: An anagram (rubbishing) of OLD PRUNES.
24a Basic French food suffering (4)
PAIN: Another double definition (I think) – the first is a basic food item translated into French.
26a Bad, bad character losing head (4)
EVIL: A bad character, check the illustration, with the first letter removed (losing head).
27a Nuts roasted, to about hundred degrees (10)
DOCTORATES: An anagram (nuts) of ROASTED, TO containing (about) the Roman numeral for hundred.
28a Red roses are really expensive, initially (4)
RARE: The initial letters of four words in the clue.
29a Awkward situation in greeting? (3-2-3-2)
HOW-DO-YOU-DO: Another double definition – the first can be an informal term for an awkward situation.
1d Polish fan (4)
BUFF: Another double definition – which you should find reasonably straightforward.
2d Stupid as yours truly: and square! (7)
ASININE: Assemble AS from the clue, the perpendicular pronoun that yours truly can indicate, and a number that is a square of another.
3d Grade in this incredibly good, looking at score (5-7)
SIGHT READING: An anagram (incredibly) of GRADE IN THIS followed by the single letter for good results in a term that relates to playing music.
4d Opening move in place for canvassers? (8)
DOORSTEP: A four letter type of opening and a synonym of move.
5d Limited in size, it fills well (6)
FINITE: IT from the clue inserted into (fills) a synonym of well (in health terms?).
7d An Irish article company promoted, unusual instrument (7)
OCARINA: Lego bricks ready – assemble AN from the clue, the two letters that can be used for Irish, another indefinite article, and the two letter abbreviation for company; having completed the assembly reverse everything (promoted).
8d Strength in art debatable, surely (3,7)
FOR CERTAIN: A synonym of strength followed by an anagram (debatable) of IN ART.
11d My butler’s ruffled, hosting standard American social event (7,5)
SLUMBER PARTY: An anagram (ruffled) of MY BUTLER’S containing (hosting) a three letter synonym of standard.
14d Trainers, say, promise to keep mood up (10)
SPORTSWEAR: A synonym of promise (when in court) containing (to keep) an informal synonym of a (bad) mood reversed (up)
17d Lively — as seances, supposedly? (8)
SPIRITED: The purpose of seances is to communicate with those who have ‘passed over’ so they could be supposed to be . . .
19d Regular breakfast time dipper? (7)
SOLDIER: Another double definition – for the second see the illustration below.
21d Massage this as vigorously, before beginning to unwind (7)
SHIATSU: An anagram (vigorously) of THIS AS placed before the first letter (beginning to) of Unwind.
22d Defeat of opponent, very, very old country (6)
KOSOVO: The letters that can indicate defeat of an opponent (especially in the noble art), a two letter synonym of very, and the single letters for very and old.
25d So is flood regularly seen in capital city? (4)
OSLO: Select four alternate (regularly seen) letters from three words in the clue.
Something slightly whimsical this week which, for 2 minutes and 51 seconds, might take your minds off the ‘goings on’ in whichever part of the world you live. American composer Leroy Anderson wrote ‘Bugler’s Holiday’ as something that buglers might play for fun on a day off. Normally played featuring three trumpets (not even bugles), here are three siblings (I presume) playing, with some agility, all three trumpet parts on one marimba: