Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3085 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where today is a sort of milestone for me. This is my 201st Sunday blog which means I am over halfway, by half a blog if there is such a thing, towards catching up with BD’s total of 401 Sunday blogs. A goal I should reach in October 2024 if I can keep up the current pace and stay the course.
Keep staying safe everyone.
I am not sure how I would describe today’s Dada, I was having too much fun sampling(?) a very nice Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec while solving it. I counted four anagrams (two partials), one lurker, and no homophones – all in a symmetric 30 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 – 7a, 10a, 13d, 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:
1a Ring off hand, lose it (2,7)
A two letter word that can mean ring off and the fruits that come in a hand.
10a When narcissus originally comes into shoot? (6)
The first letter (originally) of Narcissus contained by (comes into) a type of shoot.
12a Second old wine secured in port (6)
The often used two letter synonym used for second (of time), the single letter for old, and a three letter generic type of wine – such as the one I was sampling(?) while solving.
16a Part of such a different country (4)
The lurker (part of) found in three words in the clue.
18a Crossword writer hiding in deep hole (4)
The objective singular pronoun which could be used in place of crossword writer containing IN from the clue.
21a Watering hole in torrid Australian city (6)
A three letter watering hole, where you would be more likely to drink alcohol, inserted into (in) a synonym of torrid.
26a Singers otherwise found in numbers (6)
A two letter synonym of otherwise contained by (found in) the plural of a number.
28a Rotten conclusion: guilty (9)
A three letter synonym of rotten and a synonym of conclusion.
1d Manage to bag posh car (5)
A four letter synonym of manage (as in get by?) containing (to bag) the single letter that indicates posh.
3d Firework in old crate (6)
A double definition – the first just makes a noise, nothing to ooh and ahh about.
6d Red liquid and green ink initially confused (9)
An anagram (confused) of AND GREEN and the first letter (initially) of Ink.
9d Rod pens opening of hilarious comedy routine? (6)
A five letter rod contains (pens) the first letter (opening) of Hilarious – an oldie but goodie.
15d Beef tea sailor brewed (9)
A three letter synonym of tea followed by an anagram (brewed) of SAILOR.
20d Trample on fruit (6)
A double definition – the second is a fruit that some might consider a vegetable.
23d Good little swine — noise from it? (5)
The single letter for good and a term for a little swine that is usually the smallest in a litter.
20d First of all, husband unhealthy: female fighting fit (4)
The initial letters (first of all) of four words in the clue.
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Today is the 124th anniversary of the birth of Ira Gershwin, lyricist and older brother of composer George. This is I got Rhythm which was one of the brothers’ collaborations written in 1930 for the stage musical Girl Crazy which was then adapted for a film of the same title in 1943 (considered the best of three film adaptations):