Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3071 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where I have been enjoying reading Chris Lancaster’s book which was received after what must have been a tortuous journey of just over 4 weeks which started in Malmö, Sweden. But, I don’t think Mr Lancaster is giving us any advice on how to solve a Prolixic or Alchemi MPP!
Keep staying safe everyone.
Dada somewhat quirky again this week – I counted seven anagrams (three of which were partials), two lurkers (one reversed), and no homophones – all in a symmetric 26 clues, with 14 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – actually nothing really ‘floated my boat’.
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:
7a Guns and other weapons, eleven in London (7)
A double definition – the second is a ‘round ball’ team (eleven) in London.
10a Rotten pear smothered in fresh cheese (10)
An anagram (rotten) of PEAR contained by (smothered in) a synonym of (meteorologically) fresh.
12a Joy read novel about protagonist initially in danger (8)
An anagram (novel) of JOY READ containing (about) the first letter (initially) of Protagonist.
15a Modern requirement of a tailor? (7-4)
What a tailor probably requires when preparing material before it can be sewn.
20a Guilty lot in prison, courage not entirely returning (8)
A slang term for prison and a synonym of courage with the last letter removed (not entirely) all reversed (returning).
23a Article men flogged in commercial (10)
An anagram (flogged) of ARTICLE MEN.
26a Old British soldier redeployed to cadre (7)
An anagram (redeployed) of TO CADRE.
1d Make wider street to cut through Scottish mountain (7)
A type of street inserted into (to cut through) the three letter term that is included in the names of Scottish mountains .
4d Ali once requiring extra weapon (8)
The former surname of an American boxer (Ali once) combined with (requiring) a synonym of extra.
5d Nut, noodle and sausage (10)
Not a triple definition! The part of the body that noodle is a slang term for (especially in North America) and an informal term for a sausage.
13d Large fruit — or two? (4,6)
Combine two fruits to create the illustrated third which I don’t think is particularly large but the BRB does.
18d European snail a titlark’s gobbled up (7)
The reverse lurker (gobbled up) found in the rest of the clue – the ‘regular’ lurker is 2d.
21d Heavy, heavy bags ending in storage (6)
A 5 letter synonym of heavy containing (bags) the last letter (ending in) of storagE (to create a 6 letter synonym of heavy).
24d Second parasite (4)
A double definition – the second is illustrated below.
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A one hit wonder this week – Zager and Evans appeared out of nowhere, got to number one on this day in 1969, stayed there for three weeks and disappeared: