Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3063 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we have had another heatwave with temperatures in the thirties and heat indexes in the forties..
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, Dada benevolent with some Hmms, some oldies but goodies, and a repetition radar blip – I counted four anagrams, one lurker, and three homophones – all in an almost symmetric 28 clues, with 16 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues. Getting the two long (partial) anagrams in the middle of the Acrosses as early as possible should help a lot.
Candidates for favourite – 7a, 11a, 27a, 5d, and 13d.
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:
7a Feeble month in regard to colliery (8)
The short form of one of the months of the year, the two letter preposition that can equate to in regard to, and a synonym of colliery.
11a Traveller’s one-liner? (8)
A type of train.
12a Setter: artless fop, I suspect about average (7,2,5)
An anagram (suspect) of ARTLESS, FOP I containing (about) a three letter synonym of average.
17a Plot followed on the radio? (5)
The first homophone (on the radio) of a synonym of followed (perhaps surreptitiously).
19a Something with teeth going through the ear? Painful! (4)
The second homophone (going through the ear), the third is 2d unhinted, of a cutting device with teeth.
20a Dramatic work, a repeat newly presented in mews (8,6)
An anagram (newly presented) of A REPEAT contained by (in) a synonym of mews.
25a Bit of fun with popular poet (6)
A four letter word for bit of fun and (with) the two letter term for popular.
28a Something sticky: soft food eaten by bird? (8)
A three letter term for soft food inserted into (eaten by) an (informal) synonym for bird.
1d Gather rice, eggs and peas, primarily (4)
The initial letters (primarily) of four words in the clue.
4d Agreement in relationship where Greek character bedded by groom (6)
The 13th letter of the Greek alphabet inserted into (where . . . bedded by) an abbreviated synonym of groom.
5d Plans catching on in French cathedral town (8)
A synonym of plans containing (catching) a two letter synonym of on.
8d Sharp joke, man! (7)
A three letter type of joke and a four letter synonym of man.
13d Mercury, say: something slightly burning metal? (4,6)
A (heavy) metal and something (or someone) that could slightly burn it.
16d Awful trampoline finally put in without springs? (8)
The last letter (finally) of trampoline inserted into (put in) a term written as (3,4) that could mean without springs.
21d Podgy about right, ultimately? (6)
A synonym of podgy containing (about) the last letter (ultimately) of righT gives another synonym of podgy.
26d Couple a little bit emotional (4)
The lurker (a little) found in the rest of the clue.
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10cc halfway through two weeks at number one on this day in 1975: