Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3086 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where on Tuesday we had a record breaking high temperature for the day of plus 7 degrees, some 14 or 15 degrees higher than the normal for the second week of December.
Keep staying safe everyone.
I can only say that Dada is quirky today. I counted three anagrams (one partial), three lurkers, and no homophones – all in an asymmetric 29 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 – 10a, 19a, 3d, and 7d.
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 Devoted, a group getting behind party (7)
A from the clue, and a type of group placed after (getting behind) the two letter synonym of party.
10a Vessel returning in long boat (7)
A three letter type of vessel (often containing vegetables or fruit) reversed (returning) and inserted into (in) a synonym of long (for).
12a Junk in window, a steal (5)
The first lurker (in) found in three words in the clue.
13a Roof worker fired up again after being laid back (5)
A single word for fired up again reversed (after being laid back).
17a Novel man put together for team (9,6)
A synonym of novel, a chess piece (man) that looks like this descriptive term (but is actually called something else, just ask RD), and a past participle that could mean put together.
19a Award bagged by American subject for play (7)
The abbreviation for an award which is one of the classes of a British order of chivalry contained (bagged) by an American (school) subject (which is pluralised in the UK).
26a Ceremony in country during days of biblical fasting (9)
A four letter (African) country contained (during) by the number of days of (annual) biblical fasting.
28a Deceitful conduct in the last broadcast (7)
An anagram (broadcast) of THE LAST.
1d Bed for mum? That’s lucky (6)
Written as (2’1,3) a two letter synonym of mum with a possessive S and a type of bed.
2d Born: a new rule for old PM (5,3)
An anagram (new) of BORN A and a synonym of rule.
5d Drifter ending in rags at this time (4)
The last letter (ending in) of ragS and a three letter term equivalent to at this time.
7d Minister split trousers always (8)
A verbal synonym of split contains (trousers) a synonym of always.
16d Travel bug, result of flea-bites on walkers? (5,4)
The result of the sensation that flea-bites may cause on the illustrated walkers.
20d Cold peak in Cumbria, mountainous (6)
The first letter (peak in) of Cumbria and a synonym of mountainous.
22d Horror film taken in by tipsy choirboys (6)
The third lurker (taken in by) found in two words of the clue – the second lurker not hinted by me is 14a.
22d Get rid of blazer? (4)
A double definition – the first relates to termination of employment.
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I don’t think I have ‘used’ Elvis before. This is from the film ‘Girls! Girls! Girls’ and was number one for 3 weeks starting on this day in 1962:
Here’s some Elvis trivia – the only time he set foot on UK soil was on March 3, 1960 when he transited through Prestwick Airport travelling from a US military base in Germany en route to the USA at the end of his two years of compulsory military service (equivalent to National Service) and there is a bar in the Prestwick Airport terminal named after him.