Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3068 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we need some rain and, although it has been promised on several occasions, it hasn’t materialised, at least not in any decent quantity.
Keep staying safe everyone.
Dada not quite as benevolent as he was last this week – I counted six anagrams (three of which were partials), one lurker, and two homophones – 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 – 9a, 15a, 6d, and 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 Parents on the outskirts of an American country (6)
The two letter abbreviated forms of both parents containing (on the outskirts) of AN from the clue.
9a Criticise wrinkles in body parts (10)
A three letter synonym for criticize and a synonym of wrinkles (in fabric?).
12a Exposed place for birth (6)
Three letter synonyms of exposed and place – birth appears to be being used generically and nothing to do with producing offspring.
15a Make-up has run, being sloppy (8)
A slang term for make-up (which we have seen before) followed by (has) a synonym of run.
19a With difficulty, progress measured, we hear? (4)
A clue where the punctuation should be ignored – one of the homophones (we hear) of a synonym of measured – the other homophone is 13a.
21a Bun, say: tricky eating one with starter of offal (6)
A synonym of tricky containing (eating) the letter used for one, followed by (with) the first letter (starter) of Offal.
23a Frame in car OK for going abroad (4,4)
An anagram (going abroad) of CAR OK FOR.
26a Where athletes randomly entered, no matter what? (2,3,5)
An expression that could be used to describe athletes randomly entering competitions.
28a A bank seen on far side of river, very little (6)
A from the clue and a synonym of bank (as in depend on) placed after (on far side of) the single letter for river.
2d Gather team as serving drinks (5)
The lurker (drinks) found in three words in the clue.
5d Somewhere in Somerset, old actress riding thoroughbred? (6-5-4)
The surname of cruciverbalists’ favourite old actress, a two letter synonym for riding, and a (5-4) term that could mean (a female) thoroughbred.
6d Country history test (8)
A term for what is history and a type of test that does not require pen and paper.
8d In the raw -— like a plain salad? (9)
A sort of double definition – the first relates to how a person might appear.
16d With the current club, confess manacled (9)
A three letter synonym of confess contained (manacled) by a type of club that used to be a wood.
22d Tree in central part of Europe, white (5)
The two letters that are the central part of EuROpe followed by a term for white in appearance.
24d Vessel on a lake, artificial waterway (5)
A type of vessel (containing fruit or vegetables?) followed by (on) A from the clue and the single letter for lake.
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Number one for four weeks starting August 9, 1967 at the height of flower power etc – Scott McKenzie – with ‘subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing’ looks more like karaoke to me! But then, I suppose karaoke didn’t exist in 1967: