Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3132 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where the fluffy white stuff is starting to ‘creep’ into weather forecasts!
Keep staying safe everyone.
Either, I was just having a bad day, which could easily be the case, or this puzzle was reminiscent of November 18th, 2018 (Dada’s first Sunday puzzle). If it was the latter, I hope that all the UK solvers benefited from their extra hour of sleep because you will need it. I counted four anagrams (one partial), no lurkers, and no homophones – all in a symmetric 26 clues in the same grid as last Sunday; 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 – 20a, 3d, 5d, and 6d.
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:
7a Shape of washer attached to source of water, tight (7)
A 4 letter term that describes the shape of a washer placed after (attached to) a 3 letter source of water.
10a Bird: that female nesting in most important tree (10)
That female represented by the feminine form of the third person singular pronoun contained by (nesting in) a most important (conifer) tree.
14a Untouched, it can’t degenerate (6)
In yesterday’s blog, Hrothgar asked if anagram indicators were getting rather – for the sake of politeness – stretched? Perhaps this is an example. – An anagram (degenerate) of IT CAN’T.
19a Work has gone into hit for maestro (6)
The two letter abbreviated form of the Latin term for work inserted (has gone) into a slang term for hit gives the illustrated maestro.
20a Darling ready for run of four aces, perhaps? (4,4)
A synonym of darling (as a term of endearment) and a synonym of ready (as in up to taking on a challenge).
25a Eat quantity in hard fruit (7)
A synonym of quantity (as a result of a simple mathematical operation) inserted into (in) the illustrated hard fruit.
26a Group, Liberal in general (7)
The single letter for (politically) Liberal inserted into the surname of an American general (who had a last stand).
1d Date for fooling around on bed — that’s fruity! (7)
The abbreviated form of the month and the letter representing the number of the day of the date for fooling around followed by (on) a type of bed.
3d Colour I like, no clothes! (6)
I from the clue followed by NO from the clue containing (clothes) a three letter slang/informal term for like.
5d Disconcerting, inaccurate strokes with golf club (3-7)
A 3 letter synonym of inaccurate and types of golf strokes with a particular club.
6d Poisoner, tuft of hair beneath fringe (7)
A 4 letter term for a tuft of hair placed after (beneath) a type of fringe (not of hair).
17d Talk about location of carnival vehicle (7)
A synonym of talk (to another) containing (about) the familiar short name of the location of a (famous) carnival.
18d Wasted — as tennis ball may have been after lob? (7)
The way a tennis ball may be played after one’s opponent’s last stroke was a lob.
24d Chest broke (4)
With a sigh of relief, a double definition to finish – the first refers to the (female) body.
Quick Crossword Pun:
MELON + COLLIE = MELANCHOLY
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