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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 MACHINERy 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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Reg Presley, lead singer of The Troggs, was born on June 12, 1941.  This is the first chart success for the Troggs, from 1966 – number 2 in the UK, number 1 in Canada and the USA:


63 comments on “ST 3060 (Hints)

  1. I had this done and dusted in *** time, except for 7d. I could see the fodder, but didn’t know the answer, so had to resort to a solver for that one.

    1a jumped off the page at me, which always gives you a fillip at the start of any campaign. I can remember that 25d is a deposit, but I can never recall whether it is from coffee or wine, so I suppose that classes as a bung-in.

    Mant thanks to Dada and Senf.

  2. 4*/4*. :phew:

    This proved to be quite a challenge today, but one which was very enjoyable as the grid was gradually completed. 17d was my last one it took me quite a while to understand the parsing.

    28a was my favourite. They haven’t had much to do in recent weeks.

    Many thanks to Dada and to Senf.

  3. Once started progressed steadily. Thanks to all.
    Yet another prize puzzle that isn’t online, answers revealed, no entry form.

  4. Rather tricky in places but this was a very enjoyable puzzle (***/****). I liked 1a, 15a, 16d and 17d but there were lots of other good clues. Thanks for the hints Senf and thanks to Dada too. Keep safe and well everyone.

  5. Certainly a **** difficulty for me.
    Had to play around with 7d then, eventually with help a duh moment.
    Some very elegant constructions eg 3a.
    Many thanks to Dada for a considerable mental workout and to Senf for the review.

  6. Agree with most comments regarding difficulty, 3* for me (just). Penny dropping moment for 5d! Still not sure if I like 17d, even with Senf’s parsing, for which my thanks; also to the Setter.

    1. Btw, is there a Nina-ette hiding in all the across answers? Or is it just coincidence that the end of the first makes a word with the start of the second?

  7. A nice mid-difficulty Sunday puzzle with a nice variety of clues, even if a bit anagram heavy. My favourite was 17d.

    Thanks to Dada and Senf

  8. 1a was a great clue but most of the rest were a little below par. Too many stretched upside down synonyms and my particular dislike part anagrams. Started off well but then it got tricky.
    Thx to all

  9. Great stuff rom Dada this morning. I took a while to get going but then it flowed nicely to a conclusion. Several noteworthy clues of which the excellent 17d was my favourite. I don’t mind it being a touch overloaded with anagrams if they are well-clued and the surfaces are smooth, which they were.

    Many thanks to Dada for the challenge and to Senf.

      1. Which app?? I use the online app not the newspaper app, do they get entered from both??

        1. Sorry HYD. I use the Telegraph Edition for iPad, the online subscription to the paper. They brought out a new version a month or two ago and the puzzles section has been plagued by problems.

          1. Not confined to iPad YS my Samsung / Android tablet isn’t a prize version either.

  10. My only real problem was taking an early guess at the 15a ‘arrest’ which made the 7d cheese somewhat difficult. Fortunately the light dawned a few minutes later.
    Much to enjoy in this one with 1a taking gold here, followed by the badly made exercise machine.

    Thanks to Dada and to Senf – I well remember buying The Troggs LP all those years ago!

    1. Hi Jane,
      The restaurant opened on Tuesday and I have been working every service with a little pause in the afternoon. Framboise came with husband and Fifi the dog on the first day. So nice to see them again.
      Off today. Just crosswords and a little bit of paperwork.

      1. Good news, Jean-Luc.

        Are your customers allowed inside the restaurant … or just in Le Jardin?

        1. Hi Stan,
          The whole restaurant can be opened up entirely. Roof and all.
          The only restrictions apply to counters. No service at the bar. You need to sit down and are supposed to wear a mask when entering or going to the lavatories.

          1. So pleased to hear your news, JL. We’re a long way behind you here in Wales but it’s nice to know that things can eventually return to some sort of normality.
            Oh, what I wouldn’t give to be allowed out for a meal with friends, a trip to the hairdressers, a chiropody appointment…………….

  11. I struggled a bit today and needed a hint or two to get over the line. I might have managed on my own but the online BRB appears to be down (502 bad gateway). My ancient paper dictionary wasn’t up to some of Dada’s synonyms today. I will vote for 16d as we share a name. Thanks to Senf and Dada. I will have a look at Amazon for a proper BRB.

  12. A real tussle this morning. I found it difficult to get on the right wavelength. I was hoping for inspiration from senf for 15a (last one) and it’s still eluding me! I’ll probably kick myself shortly. I’ll nominate 7d as favourite because the anagram plus the o’s wasn’t immediately apparent. At least, not to me. 18a was also a clever clue. Thanks to all.

    1. Senf’s hint for 15a should get you there Greta, if your checkers are correct of course.

      1. It took another 10 minutes for the penny to drop by which time I’d run through all the biblical prophets I could think of. Should have realised a lot sooner that we were working back to front! I feel silly now, lol.

  13. A tough little blighter, but hugely enjoyable. Dada really is the master.
    1a was a terrific clue and I did not get it until right at the end, after the penny dropped on ‘future’ in 1d.
    5d a great clue too.
    Some parsing to check, I hope they are hinted if not, I may be back.
    I thought the quickie was very tough this morning too.
    Thanks Senf and Dada.

  14. Tougher than recent weeks I thought. Had to Google 7d neither Mrs LrOK knew of it. A little voice says it has been in before though. 17d my COTD but there were quite a few others came close.
    Don’t agree with the synonym in 18d but no doubt BRB will show me to be wrong.
    Very satisfying, perfect to offset another misty morning although sun trying to break through at last.
    As always thanks to Dada & Senf

  15. No problems with this one & a brisk solve apart from 1a & 5d. The lightbulb moment eventually came with the latter but I was not familiar with the other & even after correctly deducing the first part I couldn’t get the second bit from the wordplay & required Mr G’s help so it’s a DNF unfortunately – think it’s ok to use him but only to confirm. As usual a quality offering with plenty to choose from for COTD. I thought 3,5&16d plus 15a were all excellent but 17d wins it for me for the crafty anagram misdirection (or was it just me who went down that path)
    Thanks to Dada & Senf for the review.
    Ps. 1 shy in the Everyman too & flummoxed. Anyone supply a clue to 25a ?

      1. Thanks Gazza & RC – knew I was after a dog but difficult to find when you’d got the wrong initial letter. Penny now dropped with your help.

    1. Huntsman: both words start with the same letter; what you’re looking for is the first two words of the clue. Will that help>

  16. Dada in excellent form, but he caught me out with 5d, which I stared at for ages before getting a letter assist from Mr Electonius. Too, too clever and funny–haha! Otherwise, a sterling little masterpiece of great surface-reads and nice inversions. Many likes here, but the crush at the podium (after several were jockeyed away) ended up with 16, 17, and 7d surviving. 1a was my first one in and deserves a handshake; 18d and 5d my last two in. Thanks to Senf for the hints, which I’ll read now, and to Dada for his usual brilliance. **** / ****

  17. Tricky but enjoyable fare from Dada today. I was held up by putting the wrong answer – by one letter – in 17d. Once I had the checker from 21a it took me ages to get the correct answer. Favourites were 1a, 27a and 5d.

    Grateful thanks to Dada for the workout and to Senf for the hints and the Troggs. If you have the Troggs there is a cream you can apply (old joke from Tony Blackburn).

    1. Eric Morecambe, flicking through some album covers, quipped: “I’ve Got You, by The Hollies.”

  18. I always enjoy Dada’s Sunday puzzles whether they be quirky or non-quirky.

    My favourites today include: 1a, 14d and 17d.

    Not long to wait for Dada’s next offering in the Telegraph – Tuesday’s Toughie. Looking forward to it.

  19. I haven’t always enjoyed Dada’s puzzles but thought this one was excellent. There were a number of clues that raised a smile, 1a, 15a, 5d and 16d were all really good. The answers went in steadily and, to my surprise, it was finished a little more quickly than recent Sunday offerings. **/**** in my book. Thanks to Dada and to Senf for the review.

  20. Very satisfying to have solved this with only a slight glance at the hints – I was stupidly held up on 21a. I am always happy to have anagrams in the mix and the sun is shining and we are having roast beef and Yorkshire puddings delivered any moment now. The horseradish sauce is ready! Thanks to all and stay safe.

  21. This electronic puzzle is not a prize one, menu for checking results available. No submit menu

      1. Glad you popped in Senf – in 1a, is the sixth word really synonymous with required letters?
        I don’t think so

        1. Well, I had quite a long think about it and decided that it needed a big Hmm to be accepted and the BRB does show the two letter synonym as poetic; but, as poetry is not my strong subject, I think it is the first time I have come across it.

  22. Managed to catch up and even succeeded in solving Enigmatist in the Graun. Two Elgar in a busy week. Must be a record.
    Dada didn’t put too much of a fight today but I did spend a bit of time in the SE.
    Favourite 5d.
    Thanks to Dada and to Senf.

  23. A tougher challenge than of late from Dada for me today,,, but I thought it first rate.
    CoD 1ac 7 d
    Many thanks to Dada for a thoroughly enjoyable workout & to Senf for guidance when needed.

  24. Thanks to Dada and to Senf for the hints. Totally beyond me, needed 6 hints to finish.

  25. Quick romp home for Dada. Favorite 1a.

    Back to no prize on the iPad. Still, that’s better than sabotaging the answers like last week.

  26. Not for me today.
    Needed a lot of electronic help to fill the grid then some from Senf for the parsings.
    Consequently not much fun for me.
    But tomorrow is another day.

    Thanks to Senf and to Dada.

    Stay safe everyone and best wishes to all who are ailing.

  27. There were some real penny drop moments with this one. Took longer than usual to complete but very enjoyable. Many thanks to Dada and Senf.

  28. Definitely on the quirky side this week with quite a few hmm’s and head scratching. Needed more than usual number of the hints this week, but overall a good puzzle. Messed myself up with the answer to 21a due to an errant letter in the answer that really messed up 17d … but once I got that straightened out, the rest of the SE came into place. Due to my own error I rate as 3 1/2 * for difficulty!
    Favourite clues for me were 1a, 15a, 25a, 5d & 16d … tie for winner is 1a & 5d

    Thanks to Dada and to Senf for the hints.

  29. I’d say quirky and then some, but then I always have a problem with Dada. I got 1a upon reading the clue, I knew the cheese and 3d jumped out at me, so I basically solved by writing down the checking letters to see what word I can fit, then just bunged it in. Worked for me! In the end I was left with three that I had to use e-help for. I suppose my 13a is right, have no idea what it means.
    My fave was 5d, but 17d was pretty clever. I think 12a is flavour of the month.
    Thanks to Dada and to Senf for his help for a lot. No wonder I’ve never heard of The Troggs!

  30. Wow that was heavy-going but surprised myself by eventually closing out. A few somewhat laboured clues. Haven’t heard 23a used as there is is of course a much more usual word for it so it didn’t occur to me. 28a took a bit of unravelling. 17d was Fav once the penny had dropped. Thank you Dada and Senf.

  31. Oh dear, Dada not very friendly today. Started ok but then hard work to get past the finishing post. Got there only with the help of Senf’s hints and Google. 25d was a new word for me, have never come across that before. Thanks to Dada and Senf, and hoping for a nice gentle start to the week tomorrow.

    1. I remember 25d only because Tennyson’s xxxxxxxx–a line of poetry that has stuck with me because I love the idea of anyone’s having lived a very full life!

      Lots of rain up here in Charleston–and down where you are too, I imagine. Stay dry, BusyLizzie.

      1. I had to edit your comment as you included the 25d answer, and a source of same, in your comment and it is supposed to be a prize puzzle.

        1. I fail to see why the title of Tennyson’s poem could not be mentioned, though I do apologise for actually writing the name of the answer. I forgot that this was a prize puzzle, which doesn’t have any application for me in S Carolina.

          1. I’m sorry, but I fail to see why you need to mention it at all. We provide hints for Prize Puzzles on the understanding that comments are restricted in their scope. There will be a full review published next week when you can say, within reason, anything you want.

  32. I’m in the “decidedly quirky” camp this evening, but I got there eventually. Never heard of 7d or 25d so had to Google the answers. Apart from a stretched synonym or two enduring else was fine. Favourite was 16d. Thanks to Dada and Senf.

  33. I found this more of a slog than typical for a Dada puzzle. I immediately spotted 1a, so initially had hopes of finding it easier going. Thank you to Senf for the much-needed hints.

    Lots to enjoy, still. I particularly liked 18d (“break clasp”), 26a’s master, and 16d’s being cross with the Queen.

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