Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3089 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where yesterday our temperature reached the giddy heights of zero degrees (that’s 32 degrees to my Southern neighbours).
Keep staying safe everyone.
After last week’s ‘Sunday Toughie,’ this week I hope Dada is benevolently showing us how he intends to carry on at the start of this new decade with some oldies but goodies and one very recent repeat. I counted six anagrams (three partials), one lurker (not hinted by me but it’s 25a), and one (partial) homophone – all in a symmetric 28 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 – 14a, 18a, 3d, and 8d.
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 Jump on this passenger vehicle: European tours popular (10)
A type of (railed) passenger vehicle, and Cruciverbalists’ favourite European containing (tours) a two letter synonym of popular.
6a Order another sherry: brandy overpriced initially (4)
The first letters (initially) of four words in the clue give the abbreviated form of a civil order – introduced by Prime Minister Blair in 1998 but repealed, in England and Wales (at least), in 2014.
10a Joint that goes to a bishop’s head! (5)
A double definition – the first is used in woodworking.
14a Thrashing received, might this selection be preferred in volleyball team? (3,2,3,4)
Another double definition(?) – the second relates to the size of a volleyball team, or, probably, the number of players on the court at any one time.
18a A curry in pie, a Greek dish (12)
The first A from the clue and a type of curry all inserted into (in) a type of pie, followed by the second A from the clue.
23a Talk about an obsequious character! (7)
A synonym of talk (perhaps as used by a sales person) containing (about) AN from the clue – and, yes, it does sound like a dog.
24a Stew: tiny bit unfinished — that’s a problem (3,6)
A (3,3) type of stew, typically from North of the Watford Gap, and the scientific tiny bit with the last letter removed (unfinished).
27a Scenarist wary about getting into trouble (10)
An anagram (about) of WARY inserted (getting) into a synonym of trouble.
1d Weary about doctor’s tone (6)
A verbal synonym of weary containing (about) one of the two letter abbreviations for a doctor.
3d More tiny fragments in elixir — so fluid? (6,2,6)
An anagram (fragments) of MORE TINY contained by (in) a synonym of elixir.
5d Bay in European resort containing harbour, originally (5)
A European (Mediterranean) resort containing the first letter (originally) of Harbour.
8d Breakfast landlord neither starts nor finishes? (8)
A (4,6) term for a type of landlord(?) with the first and last letters removed (neither starts nor finishes).
9d Character stole awfully large car (7,7)
An anagram (awfully) of CHARACTER STOLE is a slang term for a large car.
17d Approved accessing Scottish peak in lift (8)
A synonym of approved inserted into (accessing) the three letter term that is part of the name for all Scottish peaks.
19d Family into great outdoor activity (6)
A three letter synonym of family inserted into a synonym of great.
22d Use a mask, did you say? (5)
A from the clue and a homophone (did you say) of a type of mask.
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Today is the 112th anniversary of Victor Borge’s birth. Here is one of his ‘nonsense’ performances, I have always thought that he had to be a very good pianist to be able to play the way he did: