Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3108 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we are enjoying a week or so of early-Summer temperatures with highs in 20s and low 30s. However, I am starting to sympathise with the farmers and we need some rain, preferably at least two or three days of ‘gentle soaking.’ At the moment – on a five point scale from ‘Abnormally Dry’ to ‘Exceptional Drought’ – we are in ‘Extreme Drought’ conditions which is one level below the exceptional level. Not good for this time of year!
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, and there is a good reason why that is underlined, today’s Dada is on a par with yesterday’s Cephas. I counted six anagrams (two partials), two lurkers (one reversed), and one homophone – 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 – 28a, 2d, and 21d.
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 Do put on nut in part of engine (10)
A slang term for do (as in trick) placed after (put on) a term for a nut(ty person).
9a Cat flap within reach (5)
A three letter synonym of flap and a two letter term for within reach.
12a Playboy out for percentage in unlawful venture? (4-3)
A four letter, perhaps archaic, synonym of playboy and a three letter synonym of out.
17a Joke, cricket shot towards the on side? (3-4)
A double definition(?) – the second is the other term for the crickety on side and a term that, in other contexts, can be a synonym for tow.
19a Eventually march back in perhaps? (7)
An abbreviated term for a type of march reversed (back) contained by (in) a three letter synonym for perhaps.
21a Evil cardinal returning — snake! (7)
A synonym of evil and the colour that cardinal is a type of reversed (returning).
27a Epic ego is out to steal foreign money (9)
An anagram (out) of EGO IS containing (to steal) the denomination of some foreign money.
29a River pretty near houses (4)
The lurker (houses) in two words in the clue.
30a Pray, as Goth murdered philosopher (10)
An anagram (murdered) of PRAY, AS GOTH.
1d Mention location on the phone? (4)
The homophone (on the phone) of a synonym of location.
2d Flower beds carried first of tulips in botanical garden (9)
The first word of the illustrated flower containing (beds) a synonym of carried and the initial letter (first of) Tulips.
4d Brother unable to speak regarding weapon (7)
In a group of five brothers, who performed together, the one who acted mute and a two letter synonym for regarding.
8d White straps go after catches (3,7)
A three letter term for go after (as in track) and a slang term for catches (as in arrests) – I understand the wordplay and I know my answer is correct, but the definition gets a Hmm.
14d Steps taken to defend strike resulting in shiner (10)
(A set of) steps taken (when changing floors) containing (to defend) a synonym of strike.
18d Bloomers perhaps inferior to flower (9)
A synonym of inferior and a river (flower) in the NE.
20d Fairish call over leaders in organisation waiting years (7)
A four letter (loud) call placed before (over) the initial letters (leaders) of Organisation Waiting Years.
21d Play gong in American study (7)
The abbreviated form of the ‘middle’ award of a British Order of Chivalry inserted into (in) an American school subject (study) which one of the 3Rs is a component of.
26d Some mountainous place to climb? (4)
The reversed lurker (some . . . to climb) found in the definition.
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