Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3079 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, after the ‘dusting’ of the fluffy white type of precipitation last week, we went 5 cms better(?) Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday morning but still nothing like the major storm we had this time last year.
Keep staying safe everyone. I hope those in the UK, and elsewhere in Europe, remembered to ‘fall back’ at 2:00 am this morning.
Dada so benevolent today I thought it was Monday. I counted seven anagrams (five partials), one lurker, and one homophone – all in a symmetric 26 clues, with 14 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 12a, 14a, and 4d.
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 Criticise long dash (7)
A three letter synonym of criticise and a synonym of long (for).
10a Large measure of wine like that in meal he cooked (10)
A single word equivalent to like that inserted into (in) an anagram (cooked) of MEAL HE.
12a Stop working: finished: start playing! (6,2)
A single word for stop working (in support of, say, increased wages) and a two letter synonym of finished.
14a Large number rarely cut back beyond zero (6)
A synonym of rarely with the last letter removed (cut) and reversed (back) placed after (beyond) the single letter used for zero.
19a Throaty animal, reportedly? (6)
The homophone (reportedly) of the illustrated animal.
22a Originally resembling hairy emu, another flightless bird (4)
The initial letters (originally) of four words in the clue.
26a Happy matter (7)
A double definition – the second relates to amount.
1d Royal power James abused, treachery in the extreme (7)
An anagram (abused) of JAMES and the first and last letters (in the extreme) of TreacherY.
3d Pure Hispanic has terrific features (6)
The lurker (features) found in the rest of the clue.
5d Go under: so could swimming dinosaur (10)
A three letter synonym of go under and an anagram (swimming) of SO COULD.
9d Toss hat in air and lose it? (4,4,3)
A double definition(?) – the second relates to becoming angry.
16d First of tales penned, author taking a drink (5,3)
The initial letter (first of) of Tales contained by the illustrated author and A from the clue.
17d Remarkably hot fluid filling pastry up (3,4)
An anagram (fluid) of HOT inserted into (filling) a type of pastry which has been reversed (up).
24d One instrument having topped another (4)
A (wind) instrument with its first letter removed (having topped) becomes a string instrument.
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Today is the 182nd anniversary of French composer Georges Bizet’s birth, best known in his short life of 37 years for his opera Carmen; this is the first of two suites of music from said opera, compiled posthumously by his friend Ernest Guiraud – more information on the two suites can be found here – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmen_Suites_(Bizet/Guiraud) :