Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3078 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, on Friday morning, we woke up to a ‘dusting’ of the fluffy white type of precipitation; fortunately, nothing like the major storm we had this time last year.
Keep staying safe everyone.
How’s your German? You will need it for 4d. Dada bordering on benevolent today although I had a few Hmms and, once or twice, I wondered what book of synonyms he was using. I counted six anagrams (three partials), one reverse 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 – 11a, 22a, 5d, and 21d.
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 First of grids in metal moulded binder (8)
The initial letter (first) of Grids and an anagram (moulded) of IN METAL.
10a Celeb is damn contrary (4)
A synonym of damn, as an interjection, reversed (contrary).
11a Showing lack of sympathy, not good for soldiers? (4-6)
A double definition(?) – the second applies to a breakfast item.
12a Principal on board, sure clever (6)
The initial letter of (principal on) Board and synonym of sure.
17a Many still awaiting relation? (6)
A double definition(?) – the second applies to relation as in narration.
20a Bringing up the rear, despite expectations (5,3)
A double definition – the second applies to something turning out better than expected.
23a Liberal behind government department and king, say (3,7)
A synonym of liberal placed after (behind) all of the two letter abbreviation of a government department and the title used by a reigning king.
26a Birds in places all at sea (8)
An anagram (all at sea) of IN PLACES – using one of my own photos for the illustration.
1d Infectious bugs in river coming up under log (8)
A (Yorkshire) river reversed (coming up) and placed after (under) a (generic?) synonym of log.
4d Doctor not ever injecting bishop — not allowed (8)
An anagram (doctor) of NOT EVER containing (injecting) the single letter for bishop – this requires knowledge of the German language.
5d Pandemonium in tidy chamber (6,4)
A three letter synonym of pandemonium, IN from the clue, and a verbal synonym of tidy.
6d Classes are set up after fellow ultimately lost (6)
ARE from the clue reversed (set up) placed after a type of fellow with the last letter removed (ultimately lost).
13d So beer casually drunk by murderous, unwanted companion of lovers (10)
An anagram (casually) of SO BEER contained (drunk) by a four letter synonym of murderous.
16d Car heads off for game (8)
An anagram (off) of CAR HEADS – types of crossword clues as well as a game.
21d Chilled, back intuitive approach (6)
An obsolete (except in Scotland apparently) prepositional synonym of back and a type of intuitive approach (originating in Buddhism).
24d Grand Prix perhaps coming up in Monte Carlo (4)
The reverse lurker (coming up in) found in the rest of the clue.
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Written by composer Burt Bacharach and lyricist Hal David for the 1968 musical Promises, Promises, with, perhaps, a timely reminder at 0:40 to use social distancing to avoid transmission of germs and viruses, Bobbie Gentry enjoyed a week at Number One starting on this day in 1969: