Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3059 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, after 10 weeks of solving and hinting complete puzzles, I am quite relieved to get back to only having to solve half of the clues to be able to do the hints.
Keep staying safe everyone.
Dada at the extreme of benevolence with a few Hmms – I counted four anagrams (one partial), one lurker, and one homophone – all in a symmetric 28 clues, with 16 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 13a, 16a, 23a, 2d, and 4d.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.
Don’t forget to follow BD’s instructions in red at the bottom of the hints!
Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Where the hint describes a construct as “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow:
1a Where ham etc kept, mum eats a few sandwiches (4,4)
We start with the lurker (sandwiches) found in four words in the clue.
9a Order as purist on another level? (8)
An anagram (order) of AS PURIST.
12a Stop actors cut from the same mould? (3-4)
Synonyms of stop and actors.
16a Where plane in Hampshire might fly, repeatedly (4,3,4)
Written as (4,7) this describes an aircraft flying above a Hampshire town.
22a Baroque art, pure joy (7)
An anagram (baroque) of ART, PURE – I am still trying to fathom how baroque becomes an anagram indicator, this is probably the first time I have seen it.
23a Artist isn’t out to show fruit (6)
The usual two letters for artist and a (2,2) phrase that might be an easier way of saying isn’t out.
25a Weight of material one refuses to acknowledge (6)
A double definition that depends on pronunciation – the first typically relates to silk or nylon as used in ladies’ hosiery.
26a What listeners in religious education practise (8)
A two letter interjection that is equivalent to what and what we use for listening, all inserted into (in) the two letters that indicate religious education.
1d Sweet deer, by the sound of it? (6)
The homophone (by the sound of it) of the illustration below.
2d Ridiculous way to stop leaders in union ruining deal (6)
The three letters used for the ‘stopping assistance’ system found on most/all cars nowadays followed by the initial letters (leaders in) of Union Ruining Deal.
4d Long spanner right for bed needing adjustment (5,6)
An anagram (needing adjustment) of RIGHT FOR BED.
7d Polite gathering still up drinking a bit (3,5)
A three letter synonym of still reversed (up) containing (drinking) A from the clue and a synonym of bit.
12d Release energy on organ in mazurka, perhaps? (11)
The single letter for energy placed before (on) the (bodily) organ that secretes bile all inserted into (in) what mazurka is a type of (perhaps).
15d Italian native travelling around outskirts of Nice (8)
An anagram (travelling) of NATIVE containing (around) the first and last letters (outskirts) of NicE.
19d Shake one of those in a bar? (6)
A (sort of) double definition – the second the second is illustrated below.
20d Weapon deposited in river, alas (4,2)
A three letter term for a weapon inserted into (in) a three letter river of which there are at least two in GB.
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Sir Thomas John Woodward OBE, a.k.a. Tom Jones, is 80 today. Here he is, a few months ago, discussing and singing his first record which got to number one for one week on March 11, 1965. Interesting that, as a ‘newcomer’, he sang it to create a demonstration record for Sandie Shaw to consider recording it: