Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3084 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where Mother Nature has been ringing the changes on the weather and we have had freezing rain and black ice.
Keep staying safe everyone.
I don’t think I have used the Q-word for a while but I found that it definitely applies to today’s puzzle. I counted six anagrams (four partials), one lurker (not hinted by me, but it’s 2d), and no homophones – all in a very brief and slightly asymmetric 27 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 – 4a, 16a, 9d, and 14d.
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:
1a Bug youth observed in tree (6)
A three letter synonym of youth contained by (observed in) the illustrated tree hint – it’s the one mentioned in the old saying about casting a clout.
4a Warming drink may go cold if sent back (6)
A synonym of may (in terms of a possibility), GO from the clue, and the single letter for cold all reversed (if sent back).
10a Cook eating North African dish (6)
An anagram (cook) of EATING – apparently the dish is named after what it is cooked in (see illustration) or vice versa.
12a Economy way ahead of limit (10)
A four letter synonym of way (that does appear in a crossword from time to time) placed before (ahead of) a synonym of limit.
16a Unacceptable location of trouser pocket? (5,3,4)
An expression (related to pugilism?) that also indicates where a pocket in a pair of trousers might be located.
21a Each found at the back in cabinet: extra clip there for binder? (4)
Select the last letters (each found at the back) of four consecutive words in the clue.
22a Support band member missing intro (6)
A band member with her or his first letter removed (missing intro) – hint count the number of strings.
28a Net wife or husband cut back (6)
What I suppose is the PC or generic term for wife or husband, remove (cut) the last letter and then reverse what is left (back).
1d Branch in second position for monkey (8)
A three letter synonym for branch placed in the two letter synonym for a second (of time) and a synonym of position.
3d Puzzle book seen after cover lifted (7)
A book (novel) that we have grown to know and love through the world of cruciverbalism, some of us might even have read it, placed after a type of cover that has been reversed (lifted).
7d Hypocrisy concerned with political division (6)
A four letter synonym of hypocrisy and a two letter word equivalent to concerned with.
9d Game, drunk’s creepy advances? (11)
A synonym of (mildly) drunk and types of creepy advances, one of which might go with a nudge or two.
15d Go berserk over debacle — put your foot in it! (4-4)
A term that can be equivalent to go berserk placed before (over) a term that can refer to a debacle.
18d Weed unhappy in US party (7)
A verbal synonym of weed, using an implement of the same name, and a synonym of unhappy.
21d Row about black Italian river (5)
A synonym of row containing (about) the single letter for black.
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John Mayall, founder of John Mayall and he Bluesbreakers, which over time included such guitarists as Eric Clapton and Peter Green, is 87 years young today. This is from a concert in Liverpool in 2003. I am reasonably certain that Mr Mayall is the keyboardist: