Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3095 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, after an unusually mild couple of months, Mother Nature remembered it was supposed to be winter and we have had a week or so ‘under’ a Polar Vortex with ‘high (ha ha)’ temperatures in the minus 20s, minus 25 and below, and minus 30s, and even lower ‘low’ temperatures in the low minus 30s and goodness knows what the wind chill effect was; at least, one ‘benefit’ is that it has been too cold to snow.
And, amazingly, Worldpay has processed my puzzle subscription correctly and on time!
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, Dada is somewhat less benevolent than last week. I counted seven anagrams (three partials), two lurkers (neither hinted by me, so don’t forget the if all else fails rule and both have a simple indicator), and two homophones – 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 – 12a, 20a, 7d, and 11d.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.
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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 Wrecked with a hyphen? (6)
A sort of double definition to start – the second could describe a word that is hyphenated (with a hyphen).
4a Raised platform out back in burn (8)
A synonym of out reversed (back) inserted into (in) a type of burn (as an injury).
10a Labouring serf hugged by good little nipper (8)
An anagram (labouring) of SERF contained (hugged) by a synonym of good (in a religious sense).
14a Wife cheating endlessly (4)
A type of (financial) cheating with the last letter removed (endlessly) gives a (unindicated European) wife.
20a Might that be still belonging to me, a trawler at sea? (7,5)
A single word for belonging to me followed by an anagram (at sea) of A TRAWLER.
24a Note minister provided, passed to the left (5)
The abbreviated form of the title of an Anglican (among others) Minister and the two letter synonym of provided all reversed (passed to the left).
28a Capital I invested in a report, wasted (8)
I from the clue inserted into (invested in) an anagram (wasted) of A REPORT.
30a Appreciation of music in big band style — might that cause offence? (8)
When one has an appreciation of music one might be said to have an *** this is then inserted into (in) a descriptive term for music in big band style – I am not heading to the naughty step/corner as *** was how I wrote the hint.
31a Eat for a laugh, did you say? (6)
The first homophone (did you say) of a (2,4) phrase equivalent to for a laugh – the second homophone, not hinted by me, is 26d.
1d Late, avoid failure (4,4)
A synonym of late (as in passed away) and a synonym of avoid.
2d Some light bud (8)
A double definition – see the illustration for the first and I consider that the second is a bit of a stretch – and the BRB does say that bud is (inf; orig US) so it does appear that it has crossed the Atlantic.
5d Draw sword: replace another way (5-7)
An anagram (another way) of SWORD: REPLACE.
7d Bovine cross in English city (6)
A two letter bovine and a verbal synonym of cross when referring to a particular type of hazard when driving (say).
11d Large drink is raised after six, on seeing problem (6,6)
One word for a large drink (when referring, for example, to spirits) followed by IS from the clue reversed (raised) and placed after the Roman numerals for six which is then followed by ON from the clue.
15d Serious charity supporting pious individual (5)
What may be a type of charity placed after (supporting) the two letter abbreviation of a term to describe a pious individual.
19d Note first of threads in needlework (8)
A possible blip on the repetition radar but it’s a different type of note – the first letter of Threads inserted into (in) a type of needlework – but, is it really needlework? – discuss without being sent to the naughty corner.
21d Area round university affected everyone here (6)
A synonym of affected (when referring to a person) and the plural objective pronoun that can be used for everyone here.
27d Design aircraft, shortly (4)
An abbreviated synonym of aircraft with the last letter removed (shortly).
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Whatever were we thinking 45 years ago? This was number one for one week, thank goodness it was only one week, starting on this day 1976. Thankfully, I do not have any particular recollection of it. Apparently, Slik were a Scottish pop group of the mid-1970s, most notable for this number one hit. Initially glam rock, the band later changed their style to soft rock/bubblegum. It was the first band with whom singer and guitarist Midge Ure began to experience musical success, before joining new wave band Ultravox. I wonder how I have managed to survive for so long without knowing that: