Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3061 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we started the week with a three day mini-heatwave which came to an end with an appropriately mini thunderstorm on Wednesday afternoon.
Keep staying safe everyone.
Dada returning to benevolence this week with some oldies but goodies and some repetition radar blips – I counted five anagrams, one lurker, and no homophones – all in an almost symmetric 30 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 – 15a, 23a, 1d, 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 Jolly clever: fresh too (6,3,6)
A synonym of clever, a (meteorological) synonym of fresh, with a synonym of too in between them.
10a Article on every novel, capital (7)
One of the indefinite articles placed after (on) an anagram (novel) of every (gives the capital of Armenia).
11a Typical male fleeing from emu, camouflaged in trees (9)
An anagram (camouflaged) of TYPICAL and E
mU with the single letter for male removed (fleeing from).
15a 25 per cent off wine in items for sale — big deal! (3,5)
A four letter type of (white) wine with the fourth letter removed (25% off) inserted into (in) a single word for items for sale.
18a Framework rested upon change of date by county (8)
An anagram (change) of DATE placed after (by) the short form of a county a little North of London.
23a At risk, support melting away? (2,4,3)
A double definition(?) as illustrated below.
26a Don’t open post: deliver note (7)
A three letter synonym of post (not mail) with the first letter removed (don’t open) and a synonym of deliver.
28a Clean up the seafront, seen in a mess (7,4,4)
An anagram (in a mess) of THE SEAFRONT, SEEN.
1d Sweet Rottweilers knocking stuffing out, those in a 5 Down raid perhaps? (7)
A type of sweet (dessert) and R
ottweilerS with all the interior letters removed (knocking stuffing out).
5d Daughter always fair for broad stretch of time? (8)
The single letter for daughter, a two letter synonym of always, and a synonym of fair.
7d Bug spread over cut, unfortunately (9)
An anagram (unfortunately) of SPREAD OVE
r with the last letter removed (cut)
14d Individuals invading country, island nation (9)
A pluralised synonym of individual inserted into (invading) an (Asian) country.
17d Subversive regrets boxing to a degree, when knocked over (8)
A synonym of regrets containing (boxing) TO from the clue and a ‘first’ degree all reversed (when knocked over).
18d Go — as might workers? (4,3)
The sound made by hive occupants when they depart.
24d Einstein an egghead, not entirely silly (5)
The lurker (not entirely) found in the rest of the clue.
25d Chief knowing structure of bridge, say (4)
Part of the structure of a bridge.
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Sir James Paul McCartney CH MBE celebrated his 78th birthday on Thursday. This is one of his most successful ‘solo’ singles, OK, it’s a duet with Stevie Wonder: