Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3066 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where the typical Prairie summer weather has continued with a couple of ‘heat’ warnings ‘thrown in’ – Friday afternoon was 32 degrees, feels like 44 and yesterday was 32 degrees, feels like 41.
Keep staying safe everyone.
Dada somewhat quirky this week – I counted eight anagrams (five of which were partials), one lurker, and one homophone – 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 – 18a, 28a, and 11d.
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 Complain more flesh visible? That’s a warning (6,6)
A synonym of complain and, when written as (4,2), a suggestion of more flesh visible.
10a Supporting colliery, leaders in next town striking (9)
A three letter synonym for supporting and a four letter synonym for colliery followed by the first letters (leaders in) of Next Town.
12a Reportedly large cab (6)
The homophone (reportedly) of large.
15a Main force burst gas out: that’s in character (10)
An anagram (burst) of GAS OUT inserted into (that’s in) a synonym of character.
20a A swimmer in game doing the backstroke? That’s a battle! (10)
A from the clue and a type of (fish) swimmer that often appears in crosswords, and can also be heather, contained by (in) a (pub) game reversed (doing the backstroke).
23a Tale ultimately penned by old actress — might she work on the plot? (8)
The last letter (ultimately) of talE contained (penned) by an old actress (illustrated below).
24a Fear cracks in lead — very basic construction (6)
An anagram (cracks) of FEAR inserted into (in) the chemical symbol for lead.
28a Understand what’s what — as might professional musician? (4,3,5)
An expression for understanding which can also be a requirement for a musician.
2d Novel I bought full of principally malicious gossip (8)
An anagram (novel) of I BOUGHT containing (full of) the first letter (principally) of Malicious.
4d Infant shifting a toy lower down, initially (3-4-3)
An anagram (shifting) of A TOY LOWER followed by the first letter (initially) of Down.
5d One who invented no end should be elevated (6)
NO from the clue and a synonym of end all reversed (should be elevated).
7d Britain’s outstanding figure perhaps beaten in battle, and inspiring love (8,4)
An anagram (beaten) of IN BATTLE, AND containing (inspiring) the letter used to indicate love in racquet games.
11d Heavyweight parting long hair, lurid colour (8,4)
A seven letter term for heavyweight inserted into (parting) a term for long hair.
19d North American city covered by visitor on tour (7)
The lurker (covered by) found in the rest of the clue.
22d Undercover team briefly infiltrating group (6)
A synonym of team with the last letter removed (briefly) inserted into a synonym of group.
25d Ear on table is corn, primarily (4)
The initial letters (primarily) of four words in the clue.
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