Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3065 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we have been having typical Prairie summer weather – warm/hot temperatures with high humidity, which creates ideal conditions for late afternoon/evening ‘pop up’ thunder showers!
Keep staying safe everyone.
It took me a little while to ‘break into’ this but Dada turned out to be benevolent – I counted seven anagrams (six of which were partials), one lurker (not hinted, but it’s 6d), and one homophone – all in an asymmetric 29 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 – 14a, 16a, 15d, and 18d.
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:
9a Power drops from the sky, it’s said? (5)
The homophone (it’s said) of the liquid that drops from the sky.
10a I appreciate that natural gambolling in hairy creature (9)
A two letter informal interjection that can be used for I appreciate that, followed by an anagram (gambolling) of NATURAL.
12a Cook, good poser! (7)
The single letter for good and a type of poser (as in conundrum).
14a Musical composition that may go to one’s head? (9)
A late 1960s rock musical and a synonym of composition.
16a Contrary to what is expected, unlikely to drink whisky? (7,3,5)
A double definition(?) – the first indicates contrariness to one’s inclination or natural tendency and was used by Shakespeare in Coriolanus in 1607.
21a Capital I invested in large containers (5)
The letter I from the clue inserted into (invested in) large containers, one of which is equivalent to 216 gallons of ale.
28a Figure removing coat for competition (5)
A two digit figure (number) with its first and last letters removed (removing coat).
1d Pull charge up (4)
A synonym of charge (as in providing guardianship) reversed (up).
3d Nuns depart after duffing up boxers, say? (10)
An anagram (after duffing up) of NUNS DEPART.
5d Smug: as a swine entertaining king (8)
A single word equivalent to as a swine containing (entertaining) one of the letters used for king.
7d Potential flower perhaps ideal for developing bloom (8)
The stage of growth that precedes a flower (potential . . . perhaps) followed by an anagram (for developing) of IDEAL.
8d French cakes prepared, then mixed in eels! (10)
A synonym of prepared followed by (then) an anagram (mixed) of IN EELS.
15d Master under servant in great book (4-6)
An old master who painted seascapes placed after (under) a usually young servant gives a book that can be difficult to put down.
18d 50/50 chance: fix sudden descent of aeroplane (8)
One of the possible outcomes of a coin toss and a synonym of fix.
22d Baby crab? (6)
A double definition – the second is sometimes a term applied to a crab.
26d Take out dried fruit (4)
A double definition to finish – the second is a fruit that comes from a palm tree.
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Dr Brian May CBE ARCS, astrophysicist and co-founder/lead guitarist of Queen is 73 today. This is a song that he wrote, in 1977, for the group which includes a long guitar solo from him at the end: