Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3094 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, after yesterday’s Six Nations Matches, I am considering investigating my French ancestry further so that I may change my sporting allegiances.
Keep staying safe everyone.
After last week’s ‘Dada Toughie,’ I think he has returned to near benevolence today. I counted five anagrams (three partials), two lurkers (both reversed), and no homophones – all in a slightly asymmetric 27 clues, with 15 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 12a, 21a, 23a, and 15d.
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 Sino-Tibetan turn of phrase (6)
An anagram (turn) of PHRASE.
10a Range sent back, somewhat bizarre I see (6)
One of the reverse lurkers (sent back, somewhat) found in three words in the clue – the other reverse lurker, not hinted by me, is 2d.
12a Give old teacher a gun for ultimate war (10)
A single word for give . . . a gun, a synonym of old, and a (university) teacher.
13a Rogue channel out to catch me — spam! (8,4)
An anagram (rogue) of CHANNEL OUT containing (to catch) ME from the clue.
16a Nitwit, a centrist struggling to impress supporter (12)
An anagram (struggling) of A CENTRIST containing (to impress) the well known three letter supporter.
21a 25 Across, short implement knocked over (4)
A (domestic) implement with the last letter removed (short) and reversed (knocked over).
23a US lawman requiring perfect listening device (8)
The US lawman who was a Deputy Marshal in Tombstone, Arizona followed by (requiring) a verbal synonym of perfect.
25a Model remade well! (4,2)
An anagram (model) of REMADE.
1d Assault over, start (6,2)
A double definition – the second relates to music beginning.
3d Down in perfect time (7)
While this may ‘light up’ the repetition radar, we now need a nounal synonym of perfect and a synonym of time.
6d Exercise in demolishing of dessert, one going fast (9)
The two letter abbreviation for (school) exercise inserted into (in) an anagram (demolishing) of DESSERT.
7d Fish has to dry up (6)
TO from the clue and a synonym of dry (relating to wine?) all reversed (up).
15d Little bit cross, writer in stitches, oddly (8)
The single letter that can represent a cross and a three letter ‘writer’ all inserted into (in) the odd letters of StItChEs.
17d An Italian poet moving quite slowly (7)
AN from the clue and an Italian poet.
21d Different native shunning principal (5)
A synonym of native (new to me) with the first letter removed (shunning principal).
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Alan Lancaster, co-founder and bass guitarist of Status Quo, is 72 today. This is the group’s only UK number one from 1974 (I am discounting the collaboration with Manchester United FC from 1994):