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: