Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3073 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, after the ‘late’ autumn weather we had last weekend, we are enjoying ‘late’ summer weather this weekend.
Keep staying safe everyone.
Having noted that it is now acceptable to use the term ‘quirky’ (see Friday’s blog for example), I have no qualms in saying that, today, Dada is (very) quirky – I counted seven anagrams (five of which were partials), one lurker, and no homophones – 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 – 14a, 15a, and 16d.
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 After break, back in a jiffy (5,6)
Place a synonym of back after a synonym of break.
12a Heavy trampolinist? (7)
A double definition – the first is a slang term for someone employed to ‘deter’ others at, say, a night club.
13a Husband held by soldier: gosh mummy! (7)
The single letter for husband contained (held) by cruciverbalists’ favourite four-letter soldier followed by a two letter term equivalent to gosh as an interjection.
15a Missing drinking container of beer? Certainly! (9)
A synonym of missing (applied to a person) containing (drinking) a type of container that beer may be available in.
17a Large tank has me kept in storage when explosive (9)
ME from the clue inserted into (kept in) an anagram (when explosive) of STORAGE.
22a Item of furniture found in case, correct (7)
The illustrated item of furniture contained by (found in) a type of case or the part name of a type of case.
24a Special brew in a pub (4,3)
An anagram (special) of BREW IN A – I suppose it’s a pub in the broadest sense.
27a Fresh sole caught by fishermen, traders in large quantities (11)
An anagram (fresh) of SOLE contained (caught) by a specific type of fishermen (note the plural), although what they are trying to catch is not a fish.
2d Breaking stick? (4,3)
The full name of the ‘stick’ used in the illustrated game.
3d Currently doing well, insect in grass (9)
A (2,4) term for (the much longer) currently doing well and a familiar type of insect.
5d Bread I knock over after tea (7)
I from the clue and a three letter synonym of knock all reversed (over) placed after the familiar three letter term for tea.
7d Shock seeing fat animal eating every other bit of frog (11)
An informal synonym of fat (which Terry Wogan used to fight) and a ‘generic’ synonym of animal containing (eating) alternate letters (every other bit) of frog – I will leave you to decide which they are.
8d Geographical plan spread out showing African capital (6)
A three letter term for a geographical plan and an anagram (spread) of OUT gives a capital city, not a currency.
11d Blue chatter I edited in article (11)
An anagram (edited) of CHATTER I contained by (in) a definite article.
18d As rising, heading for breakfast and wash, time for rest (7)
AS from the clue reversed (rising), the first letter (heading for) of Breakfast, and an ‘immersed’ wash.
23d ‘Hair‘: appearing in theatres Saturday (5)
At last we reach the lurker (appearing in) found in the rest of the clue.
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Yesterday was the 132nd anniversary of the birth of French actor, cabaret singer, and entertainer Maurice Chevalier (who passed away in 1972). This is part of the opening sequence of one of his most famous films made in 1958, Gigi: