Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3076 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +
A very good Sunday morning from City’s dash, for example after victory (8), thank you Jay, where we have had a very chilly start to the last quarter of the year.
Keep staying safe everyone.
I am not sure how to describe Dada this week, what do you think? I counted four anagrams, one lurker, and no homophones – all in an asymmetric 30 clues, with 17 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues. There was also some assistance from some oldies but goodies such as 10a and 13a.
Candidates for favourite – 23a, 2d, and 9d.
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 Ridiculously small fish cut by father from the back (8)
A type of fish, found in coastal waters around the world, containing (cut by) a synonym of father reversed (from the back).
5a Peace brought by saintly light in outskirts of Stockholm (6)
A saintly light, seen around the head, inserted into the first and last letters (outskirts) of StockholM.
11a Offer for model (7)
Synonyms of for and model.
15a Authority, morally justified (5)
A double definition – the second is related to correctness.
18a Fix yours truly, with bandages (5)
A synonym of with contains (bandages) the objective pronoun that is equivalent to yours truly.
23a Amount of freedom secure, set to return (7)
A synonym of secure (a vessel) and a synonym of set all reversed (to return).
26a Batty aunt promoted war in fanzine or blog, say? (11,4)
An anagram (batty) of AUNT PROMOTED WAR.
28a Ready, man in corner, for example (3,5)
A synonym of ready and a generic term for a man (on a board) makes a reference to the round ball game.
1d Bad day up, year looking tired (6)
A synonym of bad and the single letter for day all reversed (up) followed by the single letter for year.
3d Help kind guards up onto roof of penitentiary (7)
A synonym of kind (as in type) contains (guards) UP from the clue followed by (onto) the first letter (roof) of Penitentiary.
6d Float carrying you and I, still (7)
A synonym of float containing (carrying) the plural personal pronoun that represents you and I.
7d Caterpillar going somewhat slowly (5)
The lurker (somewhat) found in the first two words of the clue.
14d Scary, a leader in London providing weapons (8)
A from the clue, the first letter (leader in) of London, and a single word for providing weapons.
17d Fifty-fifty chance secure, suddenly lose control (8)
A 50 – 50 chance when the illustrated item is used (HM is on the obverse) and a three letter synonym of secure.
19d Mouse, where homeowner puts her foot down? (7)
A double definition – the second is illustrated below and the first has appeared before.
22d Second shelf for slipper? (6)
The single letter for second and a type of shelf.
25d Con fleeing certain Greek island (5)
A synonym of certain with CON removed (fleeing).
As this is a Prize crossword, please don’t put any ANSWERS, whether WHOLE, PARTIAL or INCORRECT, or any ALTERNATIVE CLUES in your comment.
Please read these instructions carefully – they are not subject to debate or discussion. Offending comments may be redacted or, in extreme cases, deleted. In all cases the administrator’s decision is final.
The group The Police were at number one for four weeks starting on this day in 1980: