Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3069 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we got some much needed rain on Thursday and Friday afternoons/evenings and, somewhat perversely but probably because of Urban Heat Island effect, we had fog on Friday morning.
Keep staying safe everyone.
Dada about as benevolent as he was last week with a quirky touch or two – I counted six anagrams (three of which were partials), two lurkers (one reversed), 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 – 11a, 13a, 6d, and 22d.
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:
8a Left Felixstowe, for example? (4)
What Felixstowe is an example of.
10a Testament embraced by particular see (6)
The abbreviated form of one of the collections of biblical books contained (embraced) by a synonym of particular.
11a Wreck occupying a harbour (6)
The ‘popular’ three letter synonym of wreck, a two letter synonym of occupying, and A from the clue.
13a Take in lovely chap, mischievous character (5,10)
A synonym of take (illegally), IN from the clue, a synonym of lovely, and a synonym of chap – quite brilliant – a four part charade in a six word clue including the definition.
17a Haggard novel in classic, ruined (7)
A (Rider) Haggard novel inserted into (in) an abbreviated synonym of classic.
23a Found in river, cold shorn sheep (8)
cOL d from the clue with its outer letters removed (shorn) contained by (found in) a term that is frequently used in a clue for a river.
26a Rare set, almost misplaced, in schoolboy’s possession? (6)
An anagram (misplaced) of RARE SE
t with the last letter removed (almost).
28a Organise type (4)
A double definition – can I say it’s simple?
1d Site of many casinos: card cut in one (6)
One of the cards in each suit in a pack with the last letter removed (cut) inserted into (in) a four letter term that is frequently used to indicate one.
3d A piece of cake in hand to be given to dependant (15)
A (winning) hand in, say, poker, a three letter word that can be the same as to be given to, and a dependant (who may not be a relative).
4d Groovy touring America, very close to city in Texas (7)
A synonym of groovy containing (touring) the two letters used for America, and a two letter term for very close to – I am not sure what thesaurus Dada is using this week.
6d Constitutional crisis’s ultimate troublemaker online (6)
The last letter (‘s ultimate) of crisiS and the term for an online troublemaker.
14d Recite outstanding poem (3)
The homophone (recite) of a synonym of outstanding (in terms of debts).
16d Sign put up in Tokyo, electrified (3)
The reverse lurker (put up in) found in the last two words of the clue.
19d Decent angle capturing mood (7)
A synonym of angle (as the recreational activity) containing (capturing) a synonym of mood.
24d Some buffalo, great big beast (4)
The lurker (some) found in the rest of the clue.
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