Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3075 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, on the first day of Autumn (Tuesday), we had a very Summery 30 degrees!
Keep staying safe everyone.
Dada is quirky again this week, with a sprinkling of Hmms – I counted three anagrams (two of which were partials), one lurker, and three homophones – all in an asymmetric 29 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 – 10a, 17a, and 17d.
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 Flag-waver bringing gentle touch to disturbance (7)
A three letter gentle touch combined with (bringing . . . to) a type of disturbance.
10a An order given to cricket side, etc (3,2,2)
AN from the clue, the initial letters of an order (as in military decoration), and a side of the pitch in cricket.
13a Herb listening to the enemy, supposedly? (5)
The first homophone (listening to) of the enemy (that we all encounter in our daily lives), supposedly.
17a Training academy swimmers on the last length? (9,6)
A term for a group of (marine) swimmers placed after (on) a term that could indicate being on the last length.
24a Reported error in puzzle (5)
The second homophone (reported) of a four letter type of error.
26a Rubbish: flower needing lift (9)
A type of flower combined with (needing) a synonym of lift.
28a Before moving prison, daughter pays a visit (5,2)
The single letter for daughter placed before an anagram (moving) of PRISON.
1d Heightened opportunity for result (6)
A two letter synonym of heightened and a synonym of opportunity.
3d Anxious getting bald? (10)
Perhaps written as (3-7) a term that could indicate that one was getting bald/losing hair.
6d Island not entirely perfect and not entirely close (6)
A four letter verbal synonym of perfect with one letter removed (not entirely) and a verbal synonym of close with one letter removed (not entirely).
9d Outspoken unpleasant type, kicked (4)
The third homophone (outspoken) of a single word for an unpleasant type (of person).
16d Painful orbiting in space for country (9)
A synonym of painful containing (orbiting) IN from the clue and a three letter space.
17d Burgers, not snails? (4,4)
A term that is used to describe burgers but which definitely does not apply to snails edible or otherwise.
20d Dry, like metal? (6)
A single word for like a particular metal that I can’t find in the BRB, or anywhere else, for that specific usage.
22d Soft spot man found under belly of feline (6)
A chess piece (man) placed after (found under) the centre letters (belly) of feLIne.
25d Fulminate in bar (4)
A double definition to finish – the first is to use reproachful language.
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Alvin Stardust (a.k.a. Bernard Jewry and (the second) Shane Fenton) was born on this day in 1942 (he passed away in 2014) – this is his only UK number one from 1974: