Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3093 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we had a chilly start to the week with three days where the high temperature was no more than minus 23 degrees.
Keep staying safe everyone.
Either I was having a bad day or, if I wasn’t, this would be a good candidate for a Dada Toughie. I counted five anagrams (one partial), two lurkers (one reversed), and no homophones – 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 – 7a, 17a, 7d, 19d, 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:
7a Let’s go low boarding vessel (7)
Low as in animal sound inserted into (boarding) a type of vessel that may contain flowers.
10a A river passed around by vessel, multi-hulled craft (9)
A from the clue and the river that forms most of the boundary between two SW counties contained (passed around) by a (different, metallic) type of vessel – and there’s a blip on the repetition radar.
12a Old Olympian overtakes new one, running backwards for a stretch? (5)
The reverse lurker (running backwards for a stretch) found in three words in the clue.
17a Cut crystal, for example, capturing very wise goddess (7)
What crystal is an example of with the last letter removed (cut) containing (capturing) the single letter for very.
18a Shape revealed in crack (6,3)
A type of shape (which can also be a number) and a three letter synonym of revealed.
21a How paper might be in possession of pupil, ineducable (5)
The lurker (in possession of) found in two words of the clue.
23a Grow mint, eager to cook (9)
An anagram (to cook) of MINT, EAGER.
25a Leg isn’t designed for upper garment (7)
An anagram (designed for) of LEG ISN’T.
1d Trace substance in pipe (10)
A synonym of substance contained by (in) a synonym of pipe (as in words with music).
2d Solver taking time off to defend the setter (6)
An informal abbreviated form of a single word for taking time off (from work) containing (to defend) the setter represented by the objective form of the perpendicular pronoun.
4d Cadge from cleaner? (6)
A double definition – the second is obtained from a sessile aquatic animal.
7d Big splash in Africa, possible headline after royal stumble? (8,5)
A double definition(?) – see the illustration for the first.
9d Access item, an awfully good book — fun! (13)
A synonym of access, an anagram (awfully) of ITEM, AN, and the abbreviated form of the ‘younger’ of the two good books.
14d Story about teacher worth forgiving (10)
A type of story (used to illustrate a moral point) containing (about) a three letter type of teacher.
19d More than one stop on those, or catch up (6)
OR from the clue and a synonym of catch reversed (up).
22d Cricket side: number over that — twelve! (4)
One of the cricket sides (of the wicket) preceded by (over that) the two letter abbreviation of number.
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Sunday is the 224th anniversary of the birth of Austrian composer Franz Schubert, this is a piece, written in 1827, entitled ‘Serenade’ which I am told demonstrates an ingenious mixing of joy and melancholy: