Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3091 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we continue to enjoy above seasonal average temperatures but that is not stopping some more of the fluffy white type of precipitation.
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, I thought Dada was quirky today generating some Groans rather than Hmms. I counted five anagrams (three partials), two lurkers (one reversed), and two 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 – 17a, 27a, 15d, and 20d.
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 ‘The hell‘ seen in inferno, near this (2,5)
We start with the lurker (seen in) found in the rest of the clue.
10a Right country found in middle of book, Woolf novel (7)
The single letter for right and a synonym of country all inserted into (found in) the middle letters of bOOk – if all else fails Google the novels of the illustrated author and look for a title of one 7 letter word.
11a Apparently, stress now dissipated for longer period (9)
A synonym of stress preceded by a two letter prefix that could indicate that it was apparently . . . now dissipated.
17a Ground becoming deeper? That’s more intriguing (3,4,8)
A (unclued) definite article, a synonym of (a piece of) ground, and a term that could indicate becoming deeper?
24a Tweet costing little, by the sound of it? (5)
The first homophone (by the sound of it) of a single word for costing little.
26a War so appalling within country, lady having a row (9)
An anagram (appalling) of WAR SO inserted into (within) a (Middle Eastern) country.
28a Bandleader in Newport seamlessly going retro? (7)
The Acrosses finish with the reverse lurker (in . . . going retro) found in two words in the clue.
1d Crack, one inside cupboard that’s failed to open (4,2)
The single letter for one contained by (inside) a type of cupboard that has its first letter removed (that’s failed to open).
3d Accommodation for relative in good and managed state, even (6,4)
Lego at the ready – the single letter for good, a three letter synonym of managed, the two letter abbreviation of an Eastern US state, and a synonym of even – not bad for a 9 word clue, 3 of which are used for the definition.
4d Utter word, thing that’s cryptic (9)
An anagram (that’s cryptic) of WORD, THING.
7d Calm lesson disrupted, military officer on top of it (8)
An anagram (disrupted) of LESSON with the two letter abbreviation of (the appointment of) a military officer placed before (on top of) it.
15d Ultimately, cap super headgear for cricketer (4,6)
The last letter (ultimately) of caP, a three word synonym of super, and a type of headgear (which used to be worn by city gents) – the BRB indicates an enumeration of (4-6).
16d Best provision of meals right on ship (9)
A synonym of best and a single word for provision of meals (as in . . . and lodging) – which is represented by the light in the illustration.
20d Examine cap used by batter? (6))
A three letter synonym of examine and a type of cap.
22d Superior fool standing up for inferior (6)
A three letter synonym of superior and a three letter fool all reversed.
25d Twins perhaps cut, we hear? (4)
We finish with the second homophone (perhaps . . . we hear) of a synonym of cut.
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Today is the 94th anniversary of the birth of American singer, actress, dancer, voice actress, comedienne, activist, author, and songwriter Eartha Kitt. Here is a remarkably good quality B&W video of her singing one of her signature songs which has been described as a “novelty . . . to exploit Kitt’s promiscuous gold-digger image, as she wooed millionaires and their money.”: