Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3082 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we are 4 days into 4-ish weeks of Covid Circuit Breaker, fortunately Liquor Stores (Off Licences) are still being classified as essential suppliers.
Keep staying safe everyone.
Another Dada puzzle in which it took a while to get going, especially ‘cracking’ the eight long clues, and then it was done. I counted five anagrams (three partials), two lurkers (one reversed), and one (very obvious) 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 – 12a, 16a, and 2d.
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.
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Some hints follow:
1a Just girl entering area: in it bombs (11)
A three letter synonym of girl inserted (entering) into an anagram (bombs) of AREA: IN IT.
9a I’m evidently being informed, I know! (5,7,2)
A double definition – perhaps considering the first word of the answer as (3’2) for the contraction of a pronoun and a verb might help.
12a Bulb working with this person about (5)
A two letter synonym of working and (with) the perpendicular pronoun for this person followed by a two letter synonym for about (which looks somewhat like the synonym for working at the beginning of the answer).
16a Plant egg behind bird (8)
A synonym for egg, as in urge, placed after (behind) a bird – I hope I have chosen the correct plant for the illustration.
19a Having shaken off lead, dog goes after last of Italian pasta (6)
A type of dog, originally bred as a water dog but now pampered beyond belief, with its first letter removed (having shaken off lead) placed (goes) after the last (letter) of ItaliaN.
23a Slowcoach taking cruise round pole (5)
A synonym of taking cruise containing (round) one of the Earth’s poles.
27a Schmaltz delivered in Italy met with irritation (14)
A four letter synonym of delivered and an anagram (with irritation) of IN ITALY MET.
28a Clearing table perhaps, left building in garden (7,4)
A single word for clearing table (as in a game in which the player uses a cue) and a synonym of left.
2d Idler, lovely and free (4-3-7)
A synonym of lovely and a (3,7) term for free (as in without cost).
4d Metallic element: I hide one in stomach (8)
I from the clue, a three letter synonym for hide (as in corporal punishment), and the single letter used for one all inserted into (in) a three letter informal/childish synonym of stomach.
6d Where spinner achieves turn, a big hit coming up (4)
A from the clue and a crickety big hit reversed (coming up).
8d Decalitre emptied over dry allotment, damage done (11)
DecalitrE with the interior letters removed (emptied), placed before (over) a term for dry (usually associated with wine), and a synonym of allotment (as in share).
10d All in ad dancing around in stockings — sauce! (11)
An anagram (dancing around) of ALL IN AD contained by (in) a synonym of stockings.
15d Originally lost, item of jewellery in corner (5)
An item of jewellery with the first letter removed (originally lost) – apparently the diamond encrusted illustrated item costs C$27,600 (£15,900).
25d Lengthy vehicle in showroom I looked up (4)
The reverse lurker (in . . . up) contained in three words in the clue – the lurker, not hinted by me, is 11a.
26d Map book missing capital of Tunisia, sadly (4)
A map book named after the illustrated chap with the first letter (capital) of Tunisia removed (missing).
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Petula Clark is 88 years young today. This is one of her most successful singles released in 1964 (I think I might know of at least one person who will be dancing round the kitchen to Ms Clark):