Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3092 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where yesterday we ‘relaxed’ from the Lockdown of 10 weeks of Covid Red to somewhere between Covid Red and Covid Yellow. I am not sure if it is Covid Red Minus or Covid Yellow Plus; there is also a ‘hint’ that we are ‘on probation’ for at least three weeks and any backsliding will result in returning to Covid Red. The logic used to determine what can re-open and what has to stay closed is somewhat of a mystery; but I do know that it means I can get a haircut tomorrow!
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, I thought Dada was very quirky today and I expect predictable responses from some quarters. I counted four anagrams (one partial), one (reasonably obvious) lurker, and one homophone – all in an asymmetric 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 – 11a, 20a, 5d, 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:
7a Poem, while oddly cheery, funny (8)
An anagram (funny) of WHILE and the odd letters (oddly) of ChEeRy – a type of poem we have seen before.
9a Reportedly, you look for African country (6)
A single letter homophone (reportedly) of you and a homophone (also reportedly) of a synonym of look.
10a Plan drawn up as result in range (6)
A synonym of result inserted into (in) the illustrated range.
11a Figure in touch with lady losing heart, it’s plain to see (8)
A double digit figure inside a synonym of touch followed by the ‘outer’ letters of LadY (losing heart).
17a Possible takeaway in a hurry sent back, unknown quantity in it (5)
A from the clue and a synonym of hurry all reversed (sent back), with a letter used to indicate an unknown quantity inserted into (in) it.
20a Basic foods keep (5-3-6)
A double definition – the first is illustrated below.
23a Way Tory grasps a hand (8)
The abbreviated form of one type of (road)way and the ‘side’ that a Tory is on contains (grasps) A from the clue.
28a Making musical sounds, gaudy and expensive missiles, might you think? (8)
Consider (might you think?) a (3,5) expression that could describe gaudy and expensive missiles.
1d Stop commercial message (4)
A double definition – the first might involve a bath or a sink.
2d Class: old, old actor (6)
A synonym of class and the single letter for old.
5d Might one have you for dinner? (8)
I can only say – see the illustration below – and I think that I have used this cartoon before.
6d Doctor treated ulna without nitrogen compounds (10)
An anagram (compounds) of TREATED ULnA with the symbol for Nitrogen removed (without).
13d Exciting, unappetising habit? (4-6)
A double definition – the second refers to consuming digital keratin.
16d Number of stars paid, else furious! (8)
An anagram (furious) of PAID, ELSE.
18d Judge right to fill in a tooth? (7)
The single letter for right inserted into (to fill in) A from the clue and a synonymic term for tooth?
26d Large container placed over a fish (4)
A type of large container (of variable capacity depending on whether it contains wine or beer – we have had this discussion before) containing (placed over) A from the clue.
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American singer-songwriter Neil Diamond is 80 years young today. This is a 2020 Global Singalong of one of his most well known songs written and first recorded in 1969: