Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3083 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we have had some more fluffy white precipitation and with falling temperatures we are getting close to what has fallen not disappearing until the thaw in the Spring.
Keep staying safe everyone.
Dada very enjoyable and just about benevolent this week, although I did get held up in the South. I counted five anagrams (two partials), two lurkers (one reversed), and two homophones – all in a slightly asymmetric 28 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 – 20a, 28a, and 5d.
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 Our silly cryptic, misleading (8)
An anagram to start (cryptic) of OUR SILLY.
11a Clever chap, saint welcomed by German couple? (8)
The two letter abbreviation for saint contained (welcomed) by the German for one repeated (couple).
12a Sign of commitment in battle arena (10,4)
A synonym of battle and a type of arena – the illustrated item is a ‘snip’ at C$2,828 (£1,626).
17a Leader of regime in charge, one’s gathered (5)
The first letter (leader) of Regime inserted into (in) a synonym of charge.
20a A jam preserve, warmer at night? (3-5,6)
A (3-5) synonym of a jam (as in trouble) and a verbal synonym of preserve.
23a Agree how Penny may possibly have died? (8)
What penny is as an item of currency and the combining form denoting killing (may possibly have died) – this definitely has an air of familiarity about it.
28a One so bookish, not the Queen! (8)
SO from the clue and a synonym of bookish with HM’s regnal cypher removed (not the Queen).
1d Panic — as might bird? (4)
A term that can describe how a bird might propel itself in flight.
4d Figure with cloth lifted up stone (6)
A three letter figure (number) and (with) a type of (perhaps waste) cloth all reversed (lifted up).
5d Muscle builders for young people, we hear? (8)
A synonym of for and a homophone (we hear) of young people.
8d Inward-looking person feels no different (7)
An anagram (different) of FEELS NO.
13d Certainly not OK, rather bizarre country (5,5)
A two letter single word equivalent to certainly not and an anagram (bizarre) of OK, RATHER.
16d Institute protecting temporary accommodation in powerful manner (8)
The abbreviated form of an (educational) institute (which, as I understand it, no longer exist) containing (protecting) a form of temporary (canvas) accommodation.
25d Fixed by needle, a static point (4)
The lurker (fixed by) contained in three words in the clue – the reverse lurker, not hinted by me, is 14d.
26d Game bird (4)
A double definition to finish – the second is illustrated below.
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Today is the 107th anniversary of the birth of composer Benjamin Britten. This is a short extract from one of his most well known pieces – The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra – being played by the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Sir Simon Rattle: