Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3088 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg for the last Dada on Sunday (he is on Toughie duty on Tuesday) of the year, where, based on the Canadian criteria, we had a White Christmas by virtue of the 25cms or so of snow that we had on Sunday/Monday and Tuesday/Wednesday and the minus too much temperatures that insured that there was no melting away.
Keep staying safe everyone.
Well, I thought that Dada was on Toughie duty on Tuesday, presumably this was a practice run. I counted six anagrams (two partials), two lurkers (one reversed), and no homophones – all in a slightly asymmetric 30 clues, with 17 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 15a, 8d, 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 Let down sack? (10)
Written as (3-7) this could be a term for sack as in fire someone?
6a Brute sent over to collect large weight (4)
A three letter brute reversed (over) containing (to collect) the single letter for large.
12a Weakling, politician joining women’s group (4)
The two letters for a type of politician placed after (joining) the initials of the international women’s group that was founded in Stoney Creek, Ontario in 1897.
15a Dancing, skin becoming paler? (8)
A type of dancing which when written as (3,5) suggests one’s skin might be becoming paler.
18a Lay out fashionable underwear (6)
The two letter synonym of fashionable and an item of underwear.
23a Note Wagnerian work bubbling up (9)
One of the (musical) notes of the Solfège Scale and a (3,4) Wagnerian work.
26a For example, duck in cricket perhaps? (4)
A sort of double definition, what duck, the bird, could be considered to be a type of.
27a Restriction left impression (10)
The single letter for left and a synonym of impression.
29a When one sees the most tourists spring up, possibly? (4,6)
A synonym of up and a term for spring as part of a year – I think.
1d Challenge coming up in better adventure (4)
The reverse lurker (coming up) in two words of the clue – the lurker, not hinted by me, is 28a.
3d Kitchen device fixed to tap with purpose (3-2,7)
An anagram (fixed) of TO TAP and (with) PURPOSE.
4d This writer after clear message that’s implicit (8)
A three letter pronoun that indicates this writer placed after a synonym of clear.
8d In precarious position upon thin end of branch? (3,2,1,4)
Think of another term for branch (of a tree) then prefix it with a phrase that suggests being upon its thin end.
14d Remove flimsy tube attached to ceiling (10)
A synonym of remove and a synonym of flimsy – the illustration below should help.
17d Slow — as a bullet? (8)
An informal synonym of bullet with a three letter suffix that indicates similarity.
21d Rest put on top of food in waste collectors (7)
A three letter rest placed before (on top of) a type of food gives ‘processed food’ waste collectors (the UK version).
25d Article working for unknown author (4)
One of the indefinite articles and a synonym of working.
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Today is the 119th anniversary of Marlene Dietrich’s birth. Here she is singing at the 1963 Royal Variety Performance, although, perhaps a little ungraciously, I can’t imagine who thought it would be a good idea to invite to sing at said show: