Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3074 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we had two sub-zero mornings this week – the first, but not the last, of this Autumnal season.
Keep staying safe everyone.
Dada is still quirky this week, with at least a couple of Hmms – I counted four anagrams (one of which was a partial), one lurker (reversed), and no 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 – 8a, 20a, 3d, and 6d.
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 Better message initially lacking in US author (6)
A three letter synonym of better (as in do better than) and a (brief) message with the first letter removed (initially lacking).
10a Change around religious text for monk, say? (6)
A four letter synonym of change containing (around) an abbreviated form of the title of a religious text.
12a Revolver used (6-4)
A double definition – the first is one of three ‘revolvers’ found on a clock face.
13a Lively piece a favourite at children’s parties (6,6)
A synonym of lively and, oh dear RD won’t like this, a misnomer for one of two pieces on a chess board.
16a Wandering emigrant, alas, political target? (8,4)
An anagram (wandering) of EMIGRANT, ALAS.
21a Design tie (4)
A double definition – the second may refer to the result of a sporting event.
23a Navigator in water behind swimmer (2-6)
Written as (3,5) a type of (flowing) water placed after (behind) a type of swimmer (enjoyed with chips).
25a Wine in Bristol remembered, looking back (6)
The reverse lurker (in . . . looking back) found in the rest of the clue.
1d Excellent bowl for fruitcake (8)
A synonym of excellent and a type of bowl.
3d Red has run before blue (7)
A four letter synonym of run placed before a type of blue (as a colour).
7d Season well (6)
Another double definition – the first is described musically below.
9d Hectic: man is busy describing physical science (11)
An anagram (is busy) of HECTIC: MAN IS.
15d Bird bit around tropical fruit (8)
A synonym of bit containing (around) the illustrated tropical fruit.
17d Bird list includes duck (7)
A type of list (usually listing names) contains (includes) the letter used for a (crickety) duck.
21d Rigorously teach primate (5)
A double definition to finish – the second is an animal primate related to a baboon.
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Creedence Clearwater Revival, number one for three weeks starting this day in 1969. Some claim that the last line of the chorus, ‘there’s a bad moon on the rise‘ is actually, or misheard as, ‘there’s a bathroom on the right‘: