Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3090 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where after 8 weeks of Covid Code Red/Circuit Breaker/Lockdown, or whatever the hell it’s called, we are faced with at least another 2 weeks of the same. The reason is the number of Covid cases arising from the knuckleheads who met up for illicit get togethers over Christmas – quelle surprise!
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, I found Dada to be as benevolent as last Sunday although there were a couple of Hmms and there are a couple of ‘sports linked’ clues to annoy some solvers. I counted five anagrams (three partials), two lurkers (one reversed), and two homophones (one partial)- all in a symmetric 32 clues, with 18 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 21a, 8d, and 19d.
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 Author composes clause, looking tired (5,7)
A type of clause that might be added to a contract and a word for looking tired.
10a Western character banking gold somewhere in Canada (7)
A fictional Western character, who was the ‘sidekick’ of another fictional Western character, containing (banking) heraldic gold – I didn’t really want to provide a hint for this clue but considered that I had to to ensure an equitable distribution of hints.
11a Meat in paella evidently rejected (4)
The reverse lurker (in . . . rejected) found in two words in the clue.
13a Famous person, prowler (4)
A double definition – the second is a large feline as illustrated below.
17a One gathering hard pebbles (7)
A crickety one containing (gathering) the letter used for hard.
21a Bad sign cutting into beef, don’t be upset (4,3)
A word for a bad sign inserted (cutting) into a synonym(?) of beef.
25a Stocked by bodegas, Tibetan wine (4)
The lurker (stocked by) found in two words of the clue.
28a Capital seen by pilot flying around Rhode Island (7)
An anagram (seen by . . . flying) of PILOT containing (around) the abbreviated form of Rhode Island.
30a I fear terror suspect stashing grenades primarily in kitchen appliance (12)
An anagram (suspect) of I FEEL TERROR containing (stashing) the first letter (primarily) of Grenades.
1d Owner of whistle has come down for chorus (7)
The abbreviated form of an owner of (a) whistle and what has come down as a form of precipitation.
3d Ancillary priest captivated by loud speech (7)
Cruciverbalists’ favourite OT priest inserted into (captivated by) a term for loud speech – Hmm, if anyone can explain the relationship between the definition and the answer without being sent to the naughty step, please do.
6d Published piece in position (7)
A three letter synonym for published and a piece from RD’s favourite game.
7d Poisonous substance: it’s irrelevant, surprisingly (6,7)
An anagram (surprisingly of IT’S IRRELEVANT – having had this substance ‘used’ on me in a medical procedure I was somewhat surprised to find out that it is poisonous.
8d Reportedly hang on under bar for balance (13)
A homophone (reportedly) of hang on (when on the phone?) placed after (under) a type of bar (that items are served at) – the other homophone not hinted by me is 26d.
15d Easy shot: one millimetre to go in say, after rolling up (5)
Often found in golf – the letter used for one and the abbreviated form of millimetre all inserted into (to go in) the abbreviated form of the Latin equivalent of say reversed (rolling up).
19d Cross, father swallows key (7)
A synonym of father contains (swallows) one of the keys on a computer keyboard.
21d Mistake, something clashing? (7)
A double definition(?) – the second could be associated with a ringing sound.
27d Dry in physical, having wiped foot (4)
A six letter synonym of physical with the last two letters removed (having wiped foot) – I think.
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This week’s selection was prompted by Steve Cowling’s comment on Stevie Wonder last Sunday. From the 1984 film ‘The Woman in Red’, it won Stevie Wonder an Oscar and a Golden Globe. Also, it is Stevie Wonder’s only solo UK number one hit. The video of scenes from the film includes the ‘copy’ of the Marilyn Monroe ‘White Dress’ scene in ‘The Seven Year Itch’: