Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3060 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we have had a few days that were more like early Spring, in terms of temperature and precipitation, than late Spring/early Summer.
Keep staying safe everyone.
Dada crossing the boundary into quirky this week with quite a few Hmms – I counted eight anagrams, all of which required deletions, additions, or insertions, one lurker, and no homophones – all in an almost symmetric 30 clues, with 17 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 1a, 5d, 16d, and 17d.
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 Very basic accommodation a draw: however, be careful buying it! (6,6)
A type of accommodation (that may be occupied by a hermit?), A from the clue, and synonyms of draw and however.
9a Hole behind me perfect for amplifier (9)
A synonym of hole placed after ME from the clue followed by a verbal synonym of perfect.
12a Document graduate left (8)
A verbal synonym of graduate and the nautical left.
15a Arrest prophet from the East — East African (8)
A four letter informal synonym of arrest followed by the OT prophet the 30th book of The Bible is attributed to all reversed (from the East).
18a General method acting seen on this US street (8)
Synonyms of general and method.
21a Bosses cut machinery out (8)
An anagram (out) of MACHINER
y with the last letter removed (cut).
27a Winger’s notes about badly made exercise machine (9)
A single word sometimes used for a (feathered) winger’s notes containing (about) an anagram (badly) of MADE.
28a Reports with wit unusually penned by senior journalist (12)
An anagram (unusually) of REPORTS and (with) WIT contained by the two letter abbreviated form of senior.
1d Conducting search, billions invested in future (7)
The single letter for billions inserted into (invested in) a synonym of future (perhaps in reference to attractions).
2d Shortage of animal produce in vehicle — one wouldn’t want it! (5)
A three letter item of animal produce with the last letter removed (shortage of) inserted into (in) a type of (delivery?) vehicle.
3d Sign of joiner sprinkling Parmesan over top of dish (9)
An anagram (sprinkling) of PARMESAN followed by (over) the first letter (top) of Dish.
5d Hold up a short novel, for example — that might amuse baby (8)
A synonym of hold reversed (up), A from the clue, and what novel is a type of (for example) with the last letter removed (short).
7d New prince eating old, old cheese (8)
An anagram (new) of PRINCE containing (eating) the single letter for old, followed by the single letter for old gives an Italian hard cheese made from ewes’ milk.
16d Great leader bitter, cross with Queen (9)
What bitter can be a type of (as a liquid), the letter that can represent a cross, a synonym of with, and HM’s regnal cypher.
17d This woman’s scary, inferring pa is less organised? (3-5)
When written as (2,6) the inference is that pa’s female partner is more organised.
18d Break clasp (6)
A double definition.
25d Deposit saved by couple, essential (4)
The lurker (saved by) found in two words in the clue gives the sediment that forms during the fermentation of an alcoholic liquor.
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