Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3123 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, after the heatwave, we seem to be having an early ‘taste’ of Autumn with ‘high’ temperatures in the high teens and low twenties plus some welcome rain.
Keep staying safe everyone.
Well after the last few weeks, and last week especially, I hope you find Dada as accessible as I did today. By Dada’s standards a bit of an anagram fest with six in total (three partials), two lurkers (both reversed), and one homophone – all in an asymmetric 28 clues; with 14 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 13a, 3d, 5d, 8d, and the Pun.
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 Ultimately, holiness affected devil (5)
The last letter (ultimately) of holinesS and a synonym of affected (when describing a person).
11a Songs principal heard? (6)
The homophone (heard) of a synonym of principal.
12a Wife bitten by a hawk too (2,4)
The single letter for wife inserted into (bitten by) A from the clue and a synonym of hawk (nothing to do with the feathered variety).
13a A pro wearing long apron (8)
A from the clue and a synonym of pro all contained by (wearing) a synonym of long (for).
16a Key: one of two in first (6)
A double definition – the second is crickety.
21a Man after map in wood (8)
The illustrated man placed after a synonym of map.
23a Little growth in a bison after mutation (6)
An anagram (after mutation) A BISON.
26a Range analysed, naturally dropping back somewhat (5)
One of the reversed lurkers (dropping back somewhat) found in two words in the clue – the reversed lurker not hinted by me is 17a.
2d Otherwise dunked in tea, buns served here? (7)
A four letter synonym of otherwise inserted into (dunked in) a synonym of tea.
5d Monster story? (7)
A double definition – Churchill invented the term terminological inexactitude for a synonym of the second.
8d Carried by old cook, starter of fillet coming up, meat dish (4,10)
The first letter (starter) of fillet and a one word synonym of coming up all inserted into (carried by) a famous old (19th Century) cook.
19d Snapper, like one on river (7)
A three letter synonym of like and the single letter for one placed before (on) an East Anglian river – before anyone asks, it is in the BRB.
20d A cart drawn up on outskirts of Grasmere, distance measured (7)
A from the clue and a type of cart all reversed (drawn up) and placed before (on) the first and last letters (outskirts) of GrasmerE.
22d Pure gunk on top of dustbin (4)
A three letter synonym of gunk placed before (on) the first letter (top) of Dustbin.
Quick Crossword pun:
SOUP + PURRS + TOR = SUPERSTORE
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When a group is performing live, the drummer is always the one at the back who is difficult to see, especially when there is someone like Mick Jagger cavorting around at the front of the stage, except when there is a camera ‘assigned’ to him. To commemorate the passing, yes, I know Gazza included a different video yesterday, of Charlie Watts this is his ‘part’ in a performance of All Down The Line: