Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3098 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, with the beginning of ‘Meteorological Spring,’ unseasonably warmer temperatures have started the thaw so the snow is disappearing and ‘open water’ is starting to appear on the rivers.
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, the anagram indicator in 27a is an appropriate description for today’s puzzle. I counted nine anagrams (five partials), two lurkers (one reversed), and one homophone – all in a very 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. But, I absolutely refuse to provide a hint for 9d!
Candidates for favourite – 12a, 24a, 18d, 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 Where curved scissors may be used immediately (2,3,4)
A double definition to start – the illustration relates to the first.
11a Mouse in short evil, badly nipping man (9,6)
An anagram (badly) of IN SHORT EVIL containing (nipping) a type of man used in a board game.
12a Sharp, male wordplayer? (7)
When written as a (3,4) term it might equate to a male wordplayer?
15a Collection of pictures fixed up with aplomb, Hogarth? (10,5)
An anagram (fixed) of UP and (with) APLOMB, HOGARTH.
24a What simmering mouse stew might do for dish? (6,3,6)
What any simmering stew might do and the sound that may be heard if there was a mouse in it.
27a Expression in dance, sure quirky (9)
A generic type of dance event, usually attended by younger people, and an anagram (quirky) of SURE.
1d Battle in progress, no messing up! (4)
The reverse lurker (in . . . up) found in three words in the clue – the ‘forward’ lurker, not hinted by me, is 10a.
3d Vessel is entering race (8)
IS from the clue inserted into (entering) a synonym, Hmm, of race.
5d I hope it regenerates a country (8)
An anagram (regenerates) of I HOPE IT followed by A from the clue.
6d Bed where darling tucks everyone in (6)
A three letter synonym of darling contains (tucks . . . in) a synonym of everyone.
7d Sensed left isn’t right (4)
An anagram (isn’t right) of LEFT.
14d All letters redirected, watch post (5)
How one might describe a (wrist or pocket) watch reversed (all letters redirected).
18d Torment and carry threat (7)
A three letter term for torment and a four letter term for carry.
21d Country golf club welcoming women, initially (6)
The HQ of golf in the UK, written as (1,3,1) containing (welcoming) the first letter (initially) of Women.
23d Drink taster mentioned? (6)
The homophone (mentioned) of a type of taster?
25d Hold gander upside down (4)
A synonym of gander (as in look) reversed (upside down).
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French composer, pianist and conductor Maurice Ravel was born on this day in 1875 – also a Sunday coincidentally. This is probably one of his most famous works; a complete version (without Torvill and Dean) from the 2014 Proms – hands up all those who knew that it actually lasts a lot longer than the 4 minute T&D version: