Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3134 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, from Wednesday morning to Friday morning , we had our first wintery storm of the autumn which left us with at least 20 cms of the white stuff, high winds blowing the snow around made measurement difficult, plus some more yesterday. Fortunately, the air temperature has been hovering around zero and the ground is still (relatively) warm so it is not presenting too many problems.
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, Dada in a benevolent mood again although I made a real fist of 5d by trying to apply the enumeration of 4d to it. I counted five anagrams (three partials), two lurkers (one reversed), and two homophones – all in a very 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 – 11a, 25a, 17d, and 23d.
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:
6a In the doghouse, where rain first appears? (5,1,5)
A ‘tongue in cheek’ statement (?) of where rain is seen first (as it falls from the sky).
11a Do in? (5,5)
A little lateral thinking required perhaps, start with the (2,4) phrase equivalent to in and ‘convert’ it to a single word and then add one of our regular synonyms of do.
15a Banned, as might be retired trampolinist? (3,2,6)
Another ‘tongue in cheek’ statement as might be applied to a retired trampolinist.
22a Vexation, on dentist failing to protect canines, primarily (10)
An anagram (failing) of ON DENTIST containing (to protect) the first letter (primarily) of Canines.
25a Service down a shade (4,4)
The short form of a (military) service and a synonym of down (as in unhappy).
28a Killing lion, inmate I suspect (11)
An anagram (suspect) of LION, INMATE I.
1d More than one bulb lit up, then switch is on (6)
A two letter term equivalent to lit up followed by (then) an anagram (switch) of IS ON.
4d Expression of gratitude boy uses, swimming around lake (5,3)
An anagram (swimming) of BOY USES containing (around) the single letter for lake.
7d Number otherwise for singer (5)
The first double digit number (counting up from zero) and a two letter synonym of otherwise.
13d Problem that’s pictured on public transport (5)
The two letter prepositional synonym of on and a type of public transport.
16d Relative catching cold — might acrobat have one? (8)
A (male) relative containing (catching) a synonym of cold.
18d Sister not a soul heard (3)
One of the homophones (heard) of a single word equivalent to not a soul.
23d Apartment found in outskirts of Odense in the past few days (2,4)
A synonym of apartment inserted into (found in) the first and last letters (outskirts) of OdensE.
26d Bird in green ready to ascend (4)
The reversed lurker (in . . . to ascend) found in two words in the clue.
Quick Crossword Pun:
BEEF + RENDS = BE FRIENDS
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