Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3077 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, as a way of insulating myself from the insanities outside my window and beyond, I have been watching, and in some cases re-watching, episodes of Lewis (and Hathaway) that have ‘popped up’ on YouTube. Don’t tell Kath, but I think I prefer Lewis to Morse.
Keep staying safe everyone.
I made ‘heavy weather’ of today’s Dada, but when I had finished I couldn’t really understand why. I counted four anagrams (all partials), one lurker (not hinted, but it’s 6d), and one homophone – 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 – 23a, 24a, 1d, 9d, and 20d.
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:
7a Still needing bailing out, rowing crew in craft (7)
tilL with the ‘interior’ letters removed (needing bailing out) and the largest (in number) rowing crew.
11a Wine good: far from it! (5)
The two letter short form of a synonym of good (that we see quite often in puzzles) and a three letter word equivalent to far from it.
13a Topping energy, Argentine leader and I (9)
A three letter synonym of (personal) energy, the surname of a famous Argentine leader, and I from the clue.
17a Man after pub nuts (7)
A (regal) man on a board placed after another term for pub.
20a Brother, one cooking chips, we hear? (5)
The homophone (we hear) of a term for someone cooking chips.
23a Chap having locked up drink in it, brings key (9)
A synonym of chap containing (having locked up) a type of (alcoholic) drink all contained by (in) IT from the clue.
24a Lower digit to eight initially: so it has been entered wrongly (7)
An anagram (wrongly) of SO IT inserted (has been entered) into TO from the clue and the first letter (initially) of Eight.
25a Poet certainly reflective about suffering (7)
A three letter synonym of certainly reversed (reflective) containing (about) a type of (eternal) suffering.
1d Measure heart-breaking period? (10)
A type of period inserted into (breaking) a synonym of heart.
3d Poor hit (8)
A double definition – the second relates to a form of corporal punishment.
5d Pick conference item for visit again (8)
A synonym of pick (as in harvest) and one of the illustrated conference items.
7d Graduate in son is that incompetent as retail worker (4,9)
A four letter verbal synonym of graduate inserted into (in) an anagram (incompetent) of SON THAT IS.
14d How medicine may be taken, gulping one drink first (10)
A single word for how medicine may be taken containing the single letter used for one and a three letter (alcoholic) drink.
17d Capital in early stage of development, a nuisance (8)
A three letter term for early stage of development (of a flower), A from the clue, and a type of nuisance.
20d Assembled, mine exploded, finally (6)
A (3,2) synonymic phrase of mine (as in ownership) and the last letter (finally) of explodeD.
22d Shine, good and deep (4)
The single letter for good and a three letter synonym of deep.
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Something which, like me, I hope you will find restful in these troubled times. The Panorama and Waltz from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty as played at the 2012 New Year’s Day Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Mariss Jansons (with commentary in German):