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Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3062 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where the heat and humidity are ‘on’ with heat warnings for ‘combined’ temperatures of 38 degrees or more.

On Wednesday, I commented about my photograph of a Blue Jay and a Bald Eagle.  Well here it is, the Blue Jay is trying to persuade the Eagle to leave its perch at the top of a 10 metre(-ish) fir tree but the Eagle is having none of it (click on it to enlarge):

Keep staying safe everyone. 

Today Dada is . . . well I’ll let you decide, and I will post a comment with my thoughts just before midnight UK time this evening.

Candidates for favourite – 1a, 27a, 7d, and 14d.

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 Final part in hand (4,8)
The synonym of in that we are probably more used to seeing ‘the other way round’ followed by a type of hand (in a card game).


10a Some mistake lambasting pack leader (5)
A lurker (some) found in the rest of the clue.

13a Tom, first in exam — magic speller? (6)
A possible (2,3) description of a (feline) Tom followed by the first letter in exam.

15a Correct answer by setter suits, perhaps? (8)
An anagram (correct) of ANSWER placed after (by) the objective pronoun that can be applied to setter (of this puzzle).

19a Couple seeing mood in baby (4,2)
A three letter synonym of mood inserted into (seeing . . . in) a type of (non-human) baby.

21a Restorative hitch-hiker’s request? (4-2-2)
A double definition(?) – the first is a type of tonic.

27a Newspaper on strike, the broadcast claims (9)
An anagram (broadcast) of THE contains (claims) another term for ‘crickety’ on and a three letter type of strike.

28a One taking someone off in spare motor, breaking down (12)
An anagram (breaking down) of IN SPARE MOTOR.


1d Artist finding pig painting, for example, hard (7)
A synonym of pig, what painting is an example of, and the single letter for hard.

3d Fan with two drinks? (9)
A verbal synonym of drink and an alcoholic malt liquor (straight out of the BRB) that is probably something like stout.

4d Loud sound natural when heard? (4)
A homophone (when heard) of a three letter synonym of natural.

7d Try and try again? Absolutely! (4,4)
A verbal synonym of try repeated (again) gives an exclamation.

14d Agree, sovereign could be killed by this? (8)
The type of sovereign illustrated below and a four letter suffix that can indicate killing.

17d Rattling tube, get a long stick (8)
An anagram (rattling) of TUBE, GET A.

18d Great coach carrying agent up (6)
A type of (vehicular) coach containing (carrying) the abbreviated form of a type of agent all reversed (up).

22d Mark scored? That may go up or down (5)
A palindromic (that may go up or down) ‘mark’ on a (musical) score.

25d Twenty per cent off expensive asset (4)
Find a (slightly dubious IMHO) five letter synonym of expensive and remove the last letter (twenty per cent off).

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For all those who might have been subjected to this by older siblings, particularly older sisters – number one for two weeks starting on this day in 1962:


77 comments on “ST 3062 (Hints)

  1. Blimey, that was tough going.
    Got there eventually with unintended assistance on only one clue.
    Many pennies took ages to drop.
    Great mental workout, say, ***** difficulty for me.
    Some very intricate wordplay.
    Many thanks to Dada and Senf for the review.

    1. Well I got there on the end but 8d is a bung in and I am not happy with 25d either. But some delicious clues, 1d and 14d and I have always loved the 13a word, that was cleverly clued. How do you do it? It is blowing a gale here in Cambridge, what Terence would call a four paper weight day but it is bright and sunny and I may just take a postprandial nap. See you all tomorrow. Thanks to all.

  2. My first attempt seems to have got lost in the ether so I’ll try again. There were quite a few straightforward clues but the other ones were quite tricky and hard to solve. However, I enjoyed the challenge, although there were 4 rather confusing clues I filled in that I was unsure of (3*/4*). I liked 1a, 13a and 15a best. Thanks to Senf for the hints and to Dada for a good challenge of a puzzle.

  3. Dear me, this was a real trial. Still don’t understand 22d and IMHO 12a is a perfectly dreadful clue.
    I do wish that we could have the occasional Sunday puzzle that didn’t need a wet towel wrapped around the head to solve. Surely crosswords don’t need to be this difficult to enjoy.
    Having said that I did like 18a so at least there was one clue to enjoy.
    Thx for the hints

      1. Nothing wrong with 12a in my book – a very acceptable ‘middle of the road’ charade. My only eyebrow raises were for 22d – I have the same reservation about the definition as RD, and for the synonym in 25d.

          1. So do I. Only a person who got the wrong end of the stick could say it was dreadful. Yes, I believe many of us could have been barking up the wrong tree looking for an anagram. Without falling foul I hope the related two words in the clue and the answer always remind me of something my mother used on the window ledges and doorsteps.

    1. Having had the internet down for 9 hours today (back on about 20 mins ago) I completed this one earlier without any major troubles and traumas and of course I had no way of checking my answers against any hints on the blog. So in all honesty I can say that I found this puzzle quite uncomplicated and that personally I have no issue with any of the clues. Incidentally, what on Earth is wrong with 12a? Personal fave is 18d. Thanks to setter and Senf

  4. I’m really not sure what to make of this one though there’s no question it was a breeze in comparison to last week. I found both the NW & SE about as easy as it comes & unbelievably for a Dada puzzle it was almost a case of read it and write in the answer. Most of the others were also pretty straightforward but involved a bit of head scratching. All in all not my favourite of his – guess I feel somewhat disappointed if I’m not utterly flummoxed at some point in a Dada crossword.
    Thanks to Dada & to Senf.
    Ps Appreciate a nudge with yesterday’s Graun prize – a lengthy tussle on & off yesterday evening while half watching bits of Glastonbury (can’t believe CSN in 09 & Neil Young in 11 don’t feature in the 50yr highlights) & still shy of 17/20 & 23/8 despite all checkers.

    1. For 17/20: An Asian virtuoso, introduced (twice) by the last word of the clue. The first time I heard him play, I dubbed him ‘Bang Bang’.

      23/8: another thematic term (see 24a) that I associate with India (usually seen as one word). ‘Essentially’ = ‘by the essence of’?

          1. Not sure I’d have got either without your hint, nor fully parsed one of them without Gazza’s explanation – what’s this splitting one word over 2 numbers ? Realised afterwards it was clued as (10) rather than 6,4 – very odd & confusing

            1. The convention is that you can split a word in this way as long as each of the bits is a real word. So, for example, it’s ok to split flagpole into flag and pole but not into fla and gpole.

              1. Don’t know about you Gazza, but I’m not keen on that device personally

              2. Well you learn something new every day – it’s a complicated business this cryptic malarkey.
                Maybe time I bought Mr Lancaster’s book…..

  5. Wow another Dada Tough (nearly Toughie) grade for me, but very well clued and enjoyable. Knew it was going to be like that when I twigged 13a early on.
    Got down the 1a in the end but it was a two put-down effort. 3.5*/****.
    Many really good clues, including a good lurker, but 14d gets COTD for me, quite clever. How many like me tried to get the usual suspect for HM into something?
    Thanks to Dada & the unusually reticent Senf for the hints – needed to parse 27a.

  6. I am happy to admit that I found this pretty tough, and it needed two attempts around a coffee break to see it off. A couple of the parsings have left me wondering whether or not to try and submit the puzzle or not. 14d was one of my final entries and a candidate for favourite, along with 27a.

    Thanks to Dada for the considerable challenge, and to Senf.

  7. I found this a rather clumsily-clued Dada in places, though there is much to admire and enjoy, but tougher for me than the usual Sunday grid. Mr G informs us that 1a is heard primarily only in the UK and Oz (though I had once encountered it at a UK racetrack, as I recall–does this send me to the Naughty Corner?). I did particularly like 1d/13a, the wickedly-wrought 27a, and 3d. Thanks for the great picture of the birds, Senf, and the hints–which I didn’t need, happily–and to Dada. 3* / 3*.

    Hospitals in S Carolina filling up as the Covid numbers score another record for the state, as is very sadly true for my county. POTUS golfs and keeps silent about the national emergency. Der Grossentweeter-dee-dum concerned only about Law and Order.

    1. We’re up to 10,000+ new cases a day in Florida! I despair, were never going to be released from lockdown.

  8. 2.5*/4*. I enjoyed this a lot with a nice mixture of clue types and difficulties.

    I’m not 100% convinced by the definition for 22d even with the question mark.

    My favourite was 14d – what a lovely idea!

    Many thanks to Dada and to Senf.

  9. Easier than last Sunday but there were some very tricky clues. I liked 15a when the penny finally dropped which took long enough. Needed your explanation for 27a. It had to be but I couldn’t figure out why. The lurker in 10a was brilliant. Even though I knew it was a lurker it took me a while to figure it out. Favourite 1d. I’d rate it 3*/3*. Thanks to all.

  10. This one has been the longest solve since I first started cryptics. I like a challenge, but this one was a bit of a slog for me. I needed lots of electronic help, and even then, I didn’t always understand how the answer related to the clue. Roll on Monday. Thanks to the setter for the effort and to Senf too.

  11. Needed a few checkers in place before 1a revealed itself and I did check on the attributes of 13a to be sure that I’d nailed the right magic speller. Otherwise, a decent run through, once I’d remembered that pesky crickety ‘thing’ to parse the obvious answer to 27a.
    14d was my absolute favourite with mentions for the humour in 13a & 1d.

    Thanks to Dada and to Senf – love the ‘buzz off, you annoying little bird’ expression on the Eagle’s face!
    Can’t hear Wendy Richard’s voice without envisaging her as Miss Brahms in ‘Are you being served’ -a most enjoyable farce in its day.

  12. I have just resorted to the hints. The hits hikers request is actually 21a but shown here as 23a.I will try and get a few more on my own but this is a trickier Sunday for me.

  13. Boy, that was difficult! I almost gave up on it but I persevered and crawled over the finish line with head reeling. I needed help with about four clues and I have three bung-ins that I am not sure about so I may not bother submitting this one. To be honest, I can’t say I enjoyed it much but admit there were some really good clues – 15a and 14d for example – but COTD is 1d for me.

    Thank you Dada, you really taxed me today. Thank you, Senf for the much needed hints and the rather aloof yet tolerant Bald Eagle.

  14. A crossword of two halves. The bottom half went in relatively quickly but came to a grinding halt North of 13 and 15a. I had to confer with my crossword buddy on a few but we got there in the end. My COTD 11a. Thanks Dada for the challenge and Self.

  15. I got there in the end but with copious help from Senf. Looking at the completed grid I wonder what was so tricky as most seem fairly clued and obvious when known. The NE caused the most difficulty. The 18’s across and down were great but I give the nod to 1d.
    Thanks to Dada and Senf.
    When Come Outside was no 1 I was less than 3 weeks old and my sister had just celebrated her 1st birthday. Though as we grew older she was able to inflict several David’s (Cassidy, Soul, and Essex) and The Bay City Rollers on my tender ears, her taste in music has mellowed over the years and is now more in line with mine.

  16. 14D was wonderful, and 1D a fine runner-up. Why the negative comments today?

  17. Tough but super crossword from Dada. Hard going but immensely satisfying to complete.
    I agree with Brian that the Sunday ‘toughometer’ has been turned up somewhat, but it makes completion all the more enjoyable.
    Thanks all, back to the allotment in a minute followed by a well earned beer later.

  18. I, too, found parts of this very hard. The bottom half went in quite quickly but the north was a very different story and I needed Senf’s help for 1a which then provided the answer to 1d. There was some clever clueing – in particular, I liked 14d. Thanks to both Dada and Senf for an enjoyable tussle.
    (Wonder how long it took for the jay to realise that that eagle wasn’t going to budge?)

    1. The Blue Jay was trying to get the Eagle to move for over 5 minutes. Almost certainly, the Blue Jay had an occupied nest in the tree or an adjacent tree. However, the trees were growing so close together the Eagle probably could not have reached the nest even it wanted to. Somewhat amusingly, the only thing that got the Eagle to move was the homeowner who was concerned for his cats.

  19. There was lots here to like especially 1 across, 1 down and 14 down when the parsing finally sank in as it was me not Senf, 13 across was a new word for me, but the PDM was 15 across.

    Stay safe everyone

  20. Took a while to get started, then made steady progress until the NE corner, which took us ages but got there in the end. Unlike Brian, don’t mind donning the wet towel. Enjoyed the challenge.

  21. This was pretty tricky I thought. Had 4 left, 2d, 8d, 11a and 12a. Went for a bracing walk in the North Norfolk farm behind us which did the job. Kept wanting to put a Swedish city in for 2d till the penny dropped with 11a. This is the ideal time to get all those pesky little jobs done that one has been putting off. I’ve done none of them, not one single one. Anyone else having this trouble – tomorrow is another day, and the day after that! Anyway thanks to all. I’d love to insert the most fantastic and heart warming picture I have just received of an elephant and a lion walking across the dry bush and the elephant is carrying a tiny lion cub in its trunk to get it to the waterhole. Sadly I don’t know how to do it, sorry.

      1. OMG, isn’t that the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen! I loved, loved, loved it – thanks Senf and Manders.

      2. Oh dear! I really believed it to be true but sadly, having read the blurb, think you are correct. I lived in SA for 10 years a long time ago – Kruger was great but Etosha was better and we really did see some amazing things. Sorry to have mislead people.

          1. Hi Merusa,
            In our day it was “the camera never lies”.
            Nowadays it is “with Photoshop you can do anything”.
            There’s been a lot of dog videos by a well known sports commentator during lockdown. You might like this:

            Stay safe.

    1. Yes, Manders, full of good intentions for today but then of course there’s always tomorrow! 😉

  22. I really enjoyed doing this one and, like some others, couldn’t understand once I’d finished why it had taken me a while to suss out some of the answers. Many good clues I thought but my favourite was 14d – cleverly off-putting. Thanks to the compiler and to Senf: I liked your photo very much – what a large bird, and scary with its massive feet. Time now for T and a chocolate eclair.

  23. Thanks to Dada and to Senf for the hints. A very enjoyable puzzle, but very tricky. Needed the hints for 13a, hadn’t heard of that. Also needed the hints for 15a. Still can’t get 12a & 8d. Favourite was 14d, very clever. Was 3*/3* for me.

  24. *****/**. This was not my favourite partly because of my stupidity – 7d I initially thought of a number described by the clue so this made the NE impossible until I went back and rethought. Then there were clues like 12a which I found impenetrable. 10a was one of the better examples of a lurker and 13a required a bit of googling to confirm my deduction. 25d was a very stretched clue. Thanks to Dada and Senf.

  25. Not surprisingly I was in the very difficult camp, though I did complete the south in reasonable time. Having all the checkers, 27a was a bung in, thanks for unravelling it Senf.
    I had to visit the hints to get going again, but still blank on 12a and 8d, can’t spend any more time on this.
    I like quite a few, 1d and 13a stood out, the latter giggle worthy, but 14d is fave.
    Thanks to Dada and to Senf, great pic of the valiant blue jay!

  26. I am very very pleased with myself as I have completed this alone and unaided. A very unusual occurrence on a Sunday now.
    I even figured out all of the parsings with the exception of 27a. Sorry to say that the hint hasn’t helped me much 😕.
    The answer has to be what it is, but I suppose my lack of sporting knowledge is coming into play here again.

    Although I reserve giving myself a hurrah to days when I both solve and understand all the answers without help, I am going to give myself a hurrah today because it is a Sunday Dada , I nearly got there and because I can.

    Have just understood Senf’s hint for 27a. Cricket ! Bah! I have said it before and I’ll say it again….where are the knitting clues?
    Thanks to the setter and to Senf.

  27. Definitely a tough slog on today’s offering, even though the bottom half was finished in half the time the top half took. Difficulty rating for me was ** for bottom and **** for top.
    Thought 1a was a good clue when I finally figured it out. Liked 11a, 15a, 21a, 27a & 3d. Did not particularly like 12a, 13a or 25d.
    Favourite was 11a.

    Thanks to Dada and Senf for hints.

  28. I dont know why there is a problem with 25D.
    By the time I looked at it I had both checkers.
    For the 5 letter word, XXXXXXXXXXXX. 14D is a gem.

    1. You used a different alias which is now approved.
      As this is a prize puzzle, I edited your comment as it was getting ‘too close’ to the answer.

      1. Oops sorry… as for alias, I have different phones for different countries….but will update them

  29. Dada is rarely a barrowload of fun and for me today was no exception. Final struggle was in NW where failure to identify goddess held things up considerably. Struggling to parse 14d I forgot the significance of last four letters in 14d. Particularly liked a couple of littluns – 21a and 22d. Thank you Dada and Senf.

  30. Oh dear – I seem to be odd one (of a few) out today. I’d hate to sound like a s**** a*** but I didn’t find this half as tricky as Sundays usually are.
    My last two were 12a and 8d.
    My favourite was either 11 or 13a (once I’d figured out who ‘Tom’ was!
    Thanks to Dada and to Senf.

    1. We too found this easier than a usual Sunday Dada, but only in the sense that between us, we managed to do it! Last in 13a, favourite clue 14d, worthy of I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. Thanks to Dada and Senf.

  31. Needed to write down the letters of the anagram in 17d, I am afraid to say.
    The others fell in quite easily.
    A very good crossword imho.
    Thanks to Dada and to Senf.

  32. Thank you Senf for the picture of the Blue Jay and the Bald Eagle. Our garden at the old house was home to many Blue Jays, pretty birds but sadly they have the most awful shriek and no pretty song. They loved to wash and preen themselves in our small fountain, and chased other birds away. Strangely, we don’t get them at the new house, just 20 miles north. But we do get the Florida Greater Egret, Great Blue Heron and a very friendly Limpkin.

    My enjoyment of this puzzle was reduced by the handful of clues I could not solve without help. Never heard of 16a, still don’t understand 12a, and thought 14d a bit contrived. Conversely, I had no problem with 22d. Thanks to setter and Senf. It was nice to cool down indoors with this after a spell of South Florida gardening.

  33. I’m in the the curates egg camp this evening. The parts that were straightforward were straightforward and the parts that weren’t weren’t. So typical Dada. Never heard of 13a so even with all the checkers I had to use a crossword solver as I couldn’t parse the clue. Needed the hint to parse 27a. Couldn’t see the problem with 12a. Having said that some of the clues were top drawer favourite being 11a. Thanks to Dada and Senf.

  34. Senf, just a quick note to say thank you for the lovely picture of the Blue Jay and the Bald Eagle. Very much appreciated. Tonight we have a Red Kite swooping across our lawn again. I doubt if I’ll be quick enough to get a photo.

    1. Thank you Florence, and all the others who commented on the photo. Unfortunately, birds do not make appointments to have their photograph taken and this was, as usual, just pure dumb luck of being in the right place at the right time combined with the modern technology of digital cameras.

  35. For me, this brought back memories of ST 2978 on November 18, 2018 – Dada’s first Sunday puzzle. Fortunately, with the passage of time and 85 puzzles later, I have increased my knowledge and experience of Dada’s cluing.
    I thought it was very enjoyable with only a pair of raised eyebrows on 22d and 25d. However, in my final analysis I consider that it earns the ‘Q’ word.
    I am pleased to see that there is a broad range of opinions of the puzzle proving that, thank goodness, we are all different. So, when, in the future, I continue to use the ‘Q’ word or the ‘B’ word please remember that is my personal opinion related to my solving experience on a Saturday evening in either boiling hot or freezing cold Winnipeg.

    1. Here’s me waiting up for the Pearls of wisdom.
      Is it really 85 weeks since the first Dada? Your first paragraph sums things up for everyone (of my ability level anyway). The first couple of Dada Sundays left me feeling “I will give Sundays a miss now” & did for a few months. Then with your hints & my obduracy I gradually came to enjoy the Dada challenge.
      I can imagine that you have improved to a point where last week was straightford(ish).
      Every week you give opinions and you ask for ours. Last week a lot differed with you. Made for a lively and interesting blog. Which many commenters and visitors come to the site for.
      Today I would agree with the Q word, even if just for 14d. A quite novel use of the language for me.

      Thanks a bunch Senf – I am sure there are others like me that have you to thank for being able to tackle Dada’s offerings.

      1. Thank you. Yes, this was the 86th Sunday Dada, so 85 weeks since the first. I can only say that the changeover from Virgilius was somewhat traumatic at the time, but I think I have got the ‘hang’ of Dada now. Going beyond parsing to dis-assembling the clues to create hints helps in understanding his cluing style.

        1. Virgilius is still around? I love Brian’s crosswords.. when I was on mainland china I missed the crosswords a lot.

          [ Rest of comment redacted. This is too early for comment on a puzzle. 1. Wait until the hints have been published 2. Remember that others may not have your solving abilities before belittling a puzzle. BD]

          1. AB
            I really think comment on today’s puzzle “yesterday” so to speak is totally out of place. Especially when you say it is 1* and so easy that you could solve it half drunk and tired. . I hope Senf or somebody removes that part of itas soon as.
            As always there will be people like me who , at first look, don’t find it so, and your comments have spoiled my solve. As a not so brilliant solver I know I am inadequate I don’t need to be made aware of it almost before I have even looked at the puzzle.
            Not often I take strong issue with a post but diplomatically I might say that perhaps the drink and tiredness overcame your better judgement. Or I might say something much less flattering about your ego.

    2. I went back at looked at CrypticSue’s excellent review of ST 2978, and I wonder how much of it I would be able to complete having spent the passage of time solving Dada’s puzzles on a Sunday. Actually not that much, it looks very much like Paul from the Guardian which I avoid.
      I agree with your sentiments though and thanks to your hints and with more cryptic solving experience, I thoroughly enjoy Sundays now.
      Many thanks and keep up the good work.

  36. Top notch I would say. Some classy clues. I do not think any of the criticism is justified. 10 15 and 18a and 1 2 3 and 14d are my choice with 14d the top. Thank you Dada and Senf. I didn’t know the Goddess or the parsing of the obvious answer at 27a. I always think of 1a as a horse racing term and after I got that the connecting downs succumbed. It is one that had to be solved in a workman-like way but none the less enjoyable for that.

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