Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3067 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we are enjoying a three day holiday weekend with more sensible temperatures than we have had of late.
Keep staying safe everyone.
Dada approaching benevolence this week with a sprinkling of Hmms and some recent repeats – I counted five anagrams (three of which were partials), two lurkers, 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 – 1a, 11a, 6d, and 7d.
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 Beastly African cases for old doctor (11)
The short form of a large African animal (beastly) and a synonym of (large) cases.
10a Titan finally scratching back (5)
A (2,4) expression for finally with the last letter removed (scratching back) gives one of the Titans.
11a Feeling less, yours truly getting hit (6,3)
A term that is equivalent to more lack of feeling (in any part of the body?) and a three letter word that can be equivalent to the perpendicular pronoun when referring to yours truly.
14a Absolutely not certain of earnings, only some shown (2,4)
The first lurker (only some shown) found in the rest of the clue.
18a Current unit in outskirts of Hyderabad, incapacitated (8)
The unabbreviated form of the unit of (electric) current inserted into (in) the first and last letters (outskirts) of HyderabaD.
23a Captured by Spain, a Uruguayan island (5)
The second lurker (captured by) found in the rest of the clue gives a Micronesian island.
26a Antelope nuzzling into nice new flower (9)
One of cruciverbalists’ favourite antelopes inserted into (nuzzling into) an anagram (new) of NICE.
28a Lover gone, one helping to find forgiveness (11)
The two letter term for a lover gone, ONE from the clue, and a synonym of helping.
2d Relative hammered nail on top of wardrobe (2-3)
An anagram (hammered) of NAIL placed before (on) the first letter (top) of Wardrobe.
4d Seed overcome, by the sound of it? (6)
The homophone (by the sound of it) of a synonym of overcome (as in defeat) – I suppose it is a seed.
5d A paper’s ending with fully-developed framework (8)
A from the clue, the last letter (‘s ending) of papeR, and (with) a single word for fully-developed (gives a device used by sculptors).
7d Crick, say, tedious person (4,2,3,4)
A double definition – the first relates to a cramp or spasm in a particular part of the body.
9d The new stadium freshened up one side of London (4,3,6)
An anagram (freshened up) of THE NEW STADIUM.
15d Insect has swallowed a tailless rodent, as everybody knows (8)
A common insect containing (has swallowed) a (small) rodent with the last letter removed (tailless).
19d Horse briefly ahead of bovine for a day in September, say? (7)
An alternative term for a horse with the last letter removed (briefly) placed before (ahead of) a two letter bovine.
25d A kick, bottom first, not allowed (5)
A from the clue and a synonym of kick with the last letter (bottom) moved to the top (first).
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