Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3064 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where the temperatures have been closer to seasonal normals before considering the effects of humidity.
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, this took about as long to solve as the Thursday and Friday back pagers, so, with a sprinkling of oldies but goodies I consider that Dada was benevolent this week even if there were a few Hmms – I counted four anagrams (two partials), two lurkers, and no homophones – all in a 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.
Candidates for favourite – 1a, 18a, 2d, 8d.
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 Look back inside light and push, connecting electrical device (5-3,4)
A synonym of look reversed (back) inserted into (inside) a synonym of light followed by a synonym of push (a product).
10a Coming from church, what might Rosemary say confidently to Herb? (9)
Think of a herb (ignoring the upper case H) that can be a male name and then think of what a female named Rosemary might say confidently to him (in terms of doing something).
13a Rubbish is around square (8)
An anagram (rubbish) of IS AROUND.
18a Unopened post bag (4)
A five letter type of post with its first letter removed (unopened).
20a Home builder: reliable chap joining broody female? (10)
A term of endearment for a reliable chap followed by (joining) a type of broody female.
24a Knight at home touring large European capital (6)
A verbal synonym of knight and the usual two letter term for at home containing (touring) the single letter for large.
26a Ocean waves increase a further time (4,5)
An anagram (waves) of OCEAN followed by a synonym of increase.
28a Initials on item used for entering a couple of flats, possibly? (3,9)
A double definition(?) – see the illustration for the second Initials following (on) an item used for entering (a building) – thanks to RD.
2d Expression of discontent arrives in sulk before start of holidays (8)
The abbreviated form of arrives inserted into (in) a nounal synonym of sulk all placed before the first letter (start) of Holidays.
4d Plague in spleen etc, I suspect (10)
An anagram (suspect) of SPLEEN ETC, I.
5d Naval commander embraced by colonels only (6)
The first lurker (embraced by) found in two words in the clue.
8d Hammer: force nailing everything (6)
The three letter short form of a (police) force containing (nailing) a synonym of everything.
14d Spirit about to be put in mixture of ale and punch (10)
The two letter commercial jargon for about inserted into (to be put in) an anagram (mixture) of ALE and PUNCH.
19d Cheap clothes reserved, minimum of cash invested (7)
The first letter (minimum) of Cash inserted into (invested) a (military?) synonym of clothes and a synonym of reserved (as a personal trait).
21d Colour lacking in bottle (6)
The colour that is used to represent someone who is lacking in bottle (as a personal trait (again)).
26d Wading bird in flock, no tail (4)
The second lurker (in) found in the rest of the clue.
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Johnny Nash began one week at number one on this day in 1975 (I have to say that I can’t recall him or the song):