Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3072 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, with the start of ‘Meteorological Autumn’ on Tuesday it got very autumnal very fast! I hope those who rely on the dead tree Sunday Telegraph did receive their papers today.
Keep staying safe everyone.
I don’t think Bluesking will be disappointed, Dada is benevolent this week, but I did have a couple of Hmms – I counted six anagrams (two of which were partials), one lurker (unhinted, but it’s 11a), and two homophones – all in a slightly asymmetric 27 clues, with 15 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 12a, 13a, and 21a.
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 Elegant tree (6)
A double definition – the second is a conifer.
4a Andean camelid, as primarily seen on mountain? (6)
The first letters (primarily) of Andean Camelid As placed after (seen on) a three letter mountain.
10a Drink back in pubs close by (6)
The last letter (back in) of pubS and a single word for close by (as in convenient).
12a Carefully considered, still sell (7,3)
A 6 letter synonym of still and a 4 letter synonym of sell.
16a Flock in ignorance got lost (12)
An anagram (lost) of IGNORANCE GOT.
21a After conflict, little time for growth (4)
The single letter (little) for time placed after a type of conflict.
24a Dashing, hurried to collect skirts in Kigali (6)
An adjectival synonym of hurried containing (to collect) the first and last letters (skirts in) of KigalI.
25a A great foot perhaps? (6)
Written (3,3), how a foot could be described (perhaps).
1d Redraft contains official approval (8)
An anagram (redraft) of CONTAINS.
3d Wild animal taking weasel by the ears? (7)
The first homophone (taking . . . by the ears) of a synonym of weasel.
6d Flat bit crew installed in middle of location (9)
Synonyms of bit and crew placed in the middle of a 2 letter synonym of location.
9d This cyclist might need closure after crashing during journey (7,4)
An anagram (after crashing) of CLOSURE inserted into (during) a 4 letter journey.
15d Bishop, say, into fruit — bon vivant (8)
How a bishop may be referred to (say) in RD’s favourite board game inserted into a type of fruit.
18d Worrier upset and hurt: sweet, saucy thing (7)
A 3 letter worrier reversed (upset) and a 4 letter hurt.
21d Reportedly untamed author (5)
The second homophone (reportedly) of a synonym of untamed.
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Roger Waters, in 1965, co-founder and bassist of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd and later lyricist, co-lead vocalist, and conceptual leader, is 77 today. For those who don’t know much about Pink Floyd, this is from Wikipedia – “Gaining a following as a psychedelic pop group, they were distinguished for their extended compositions, sonic experimentation, philosophical lyrics and elaborate live shows, and became a leading band of the progressive rock genre.” I presume that recreational pharmaceuticals were somewhere in there. This is Pink Floyd’s only UK number one from 1979, the major success appears to have been with albums: