Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3127 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, today, we are enjoying (maybe, maybe not) Dada’s 150th Sunday puzzle.
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, I think I made it harder than it actually was by not recognising some of Dada’s indicators although I did have some Hmms including one for the Pun. I counted a generous eight anagrams (no partials), two lurkers (none reversed), and no homophones – all in an asymmetric 29 clues; with 15 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 11a, 5d, 20d, 24d.
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.
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Some hints follow:
1a A hybrid throughout (6)
A from the clue and a synonym of hybrid (especially when discussing a four legged hybrid?).
5a Second worker shot (8)
A synonym of second (as in support) and a synonym of (a human) worker.
10a Bloody — as hens’ teeth? (4)
Probably a double definition – the second refers to, say, an event being unlikely.
11a Cook opening a tin, or fancy dish cooked in oven (8)
This was a problem to get the parsing correct. At one stage, I thought we might be looking at an indirect anagram, but Dada would never do that, would he, so, a two letter synonym of cook inserted into (opening (remember what I said about indicators)) an anagram (fancy) of A TIN, OR.
18a Insect burrowing into ugly vegetable? (8)
A three letter insect being inserted (burrowing) into a synonym of ugly (which I did find in an on-line thesaurus).
23a Local, a despicable type welcoming pardon? (8)
A from the clue and a five letter despicable type containing (welcoming) a two letter interjection equivalent to pardon.
26a Man like that, awful clothes, a cleaner (6,4)
ITMA (see the illustration below) and a two letter term for like that all inserted into a synonym of awful and then A from the clue to finish – ITMA – the abbreviated name of a very old radio show that preceded even me.
28a Words of wisdom always in serenade (6)
A two letter (Northern) synonym of always inserted into (in) a verbal synonym of serenade.
2d Around countryside I ran, certainly ambling initially (5)
The first letters (initially) of five words in the clue.
5d Paperwork: huge amount carried by supporter in sports kit (9,6)
A five letter abbreviated term for paperwork and a three letter huge amount (by weight) all inserted into (carried by) a type of supporter (for a shelf perhaps).
6d Top town in Wales (8)
Now, we all know the top town in Wales is Beaumaris but that’s not the answer – a double definition – the first is a clothing type of top.
8d European wearing no pants (9)
An anagram (pants) of WEARING NO.
16d Jolly, are you joking? (9)
A double definition – the second might remind you of John Mcenroe but he did not actually use this one word.
22d Precious lump inspired by playing Othello (5)
One of the lurkers (inspired by) found in two words in the clue.
24d Fifty per cent dark in lighter country (5)
Two letters (fifty per cent) of DARK inserted into the ‘lighter’ that provides us with daylight.
Quick Crossword Pun:
WAR + TURBOT = WATER BUTT
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