Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3100 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we continue to enjoy above seasonal average temperatures with very little precipitation so the farmers are complaining as they always do when it is too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry – but have you ever seen a farmer on a bike? John Crisp hasn’t!
Keep staying safe everyone.
Well I think Dada has given us the stinker that I was expecting last week. I counted four anagrams (no partials), one lurker, and three homophones – 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 – 1a, 19a, 24a, and 2d.
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 Make minimal effort while in bed (5)
A two letter synonym of while inserted into (in) a type of (small) bed.
10a A swine hiding in a load of wood (8)
A from the clue and a synonym of swine (the animal) all inserted into (in) a single word for a load of.
12a Nut overcome, reportedly? (6)
A homophone (reportedly) of a synonym of overcome (in battle).
14a Weakness in love borne by primate (7)
The single letter for love (in a racquet game) contained (borne) by the illustrated primate.
16a Bring together African country on the radio? (6)
A homophone (on the radio) of an African country (on the West Coast of said continent).
19a Weapon caused girl to bleed (7)
When written (3,4) the result of an action that would cause a (generic) girl to bleed.
23a River runs into all hills of Rome, say? (6)
The single letter for crickety runs inserted into the number (all) of the hills in Rome.
25a Pick up some lederhosen second-hand (5)
The lurker (some) found in the rest of the clue.
26a Condition, say (5)
Dare I say it, at the risk of drawing some ire, a reasonably straightforward double definition.
2d Where blackberry jam, for example, may be spread in a purple patch? (2,1,4)
When enjoying “a purple patch” one can be said to be one option for where blackberry jam may be spread.
3d Present female member, possibly? (8,6)
We have seen this before – a double definition, the second could be (possibly?) a description for a female member (or lower limb).
6d Parrot, just intellectual property (9)
A four letter synonym of parrot and a synonym of just.
8d Sacred performance changing rate, or otherwise (9,5)
An anagram (otherwise) of CHANGING RATE, OR.
9d Envisage hosting a number, hundred — medium gathering (6)
A three letter synonym of envisage containing (hosting) all of A from the clue, the single letter for number, and the Roman numeral for hundred.
19d People carrying clubs, rat gets squished! (7)
A synonym of rat (as a person) and a single word for gets squished.
22d Party punch (4)
A double definition to finish – the first is an informal synonym of party used to describe the annual (well at least pre-pandemic) gathering of this ‘club.’
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