Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3080 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, in the early hours of this morning, we turned our clocks back one hour and tomorrow morning, like most of the UK, we turn the clock back 7 months to go back into lockdown or Code Red as it is now being called!
Keep staying safe everyone.
With some trepidation, because of the comments on the last two back pagers, I am going to say that, for me personally, today Dada is a mix of benevolent and quirky. I counted four anagrams (three) partials), two lurkers (one reversed), and three homophones – all in a very asymmetric 29 clues, with 15 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, 12a, 24a, 5d, and 23d.
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 Good Lord, what’s seen on election of new Pope? (4,5)
A sort of double definition (I think) – the first is an interjection, the second is somewhat tongue in cheek hence the ? at the end.
11a Do use fingernails when on surface? (4,2,2,7)
A (2,7) infinitive which can involve the use of fingernails placed after (when on) a (4,2) verbal phrase that can mean surface – if that’s not quirky, I don’t know what is.
12a Just purchaser is aware of broadcast (2,1,4)
A homophone (broadcast) of a (5,5) expression equivalent to purchaser is aware of.
15a Spread isn’t shifted behind features in US flier (5,3,7)
An anagram (shifted) of SPREAD ISN’T placed after (behind) a synonym of features – if you can’t bear to watch all of the video at least fast forward to 5:00, or thereabouts, and watch to the end.
24a Picture gag on ref, say? (9,6)
A 7 letter synonym of gag placed after (on) an 8 letter informal term for a ref(eree).
27a Object to going into work in a minute (9)
A single word synonym for object to contained by (going into) a three letter synonym of work which especially applies to a tradesperson.
1d Cold, white wine unfinished — a little sweet (4)
The single letter for cold and a type of white wine with the last letter removed (unfinished).
3d Throne decorated with navy line (8)
An anagram (decorated) of THRONE and (with) the two letters used for (HM’s) navy gives a line that is shown in black on a particular map.
5d Catch after catch — yes! (4,4)
A term that means to catch (with one’s otic organ) repeated.
7d Score in cricket changed (4)
The lurker (in) found in the words at the end of the clue – the reverse lurker is not hinted by me but it’s 26a.
12d Key is in vehicle, turning 180 degrees (5)
IS from the clue inserted into (in) a type of vehicle (for hire) all reversed (turning 10 degrees).
16d Damage seen in wound, feeling pain (8)
A favourite three letter synonym for damage contained by (seen in) a type of wound.
18d By the sound of it, financial gain inspired teacher (7)
Another homophone (by the sound of it) of financial gain.
23d Court office stiff as a board (6)
So, once you have worked out which is the definition and which is the word play – a three letter synonym of court and a type of (home) office.
25d In audition, increase light (4)
Yet another homophone (in audition) of increase.
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Bruce Welch, rhythm guitarist of The Shadows, is 79 years young tomorrow. This is a tune that he co-wrote in 1964, which reached number five in the charts, and which shows the tune and The Shadows are as enduring as ever when this was filmed(?) at the Cardiff stop of The Final Tour in 2004. Apparently, Flingel Bunt is an imaginary character invented by the actor Richard O’Sullivan – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rise_and_Fall_of_Flingel_Bunt :