Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3135 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg. Hands up all those who fondly remember ST 2978 published on November 18th, 2018, a.k.a. Dada’s first Sunday puzzle. So here we are three years and a few days later, and Dada is still in the Sunday chair and, even though I have been in the blogging chair for all three years worth of puzzles, I still have more hair on my head than my son and my baby brother put together. Although, I have to admit that my MPB tonsure ‘patch’ is growing weekly if not daily!
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, Dada nothing like he was three years ago. In fact, and I hope I don’t upset too many by saying this, it seemed like a Monday Campbell a day early. I counted five anagrams (two partials), two lurkers, and one homophone – all in a slightly 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 – 10a, 23a, 4d, and 8d
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 Strike, touch careless (8)
Not a double, or a triple, definition – synonyms of strike and touch.
10a Peninsula in African country refusing leader (6)
Begin with the illustrated African country and delete the first letter (refusing leader).
11a Fancy pants in use, old (8)
An anagram (yes, that terrible indicator pants) of IN USE, OLD.
17a Second hot drink, coffee (5)
An informal abbreviation of a synonym of second and a brewed hot drink.
20a Perilous arrival, something flipped onto floor at end of flight (7,7)
Something that is flipped during a cooking process and the ‘disastrous end’ of its flight, onto floor, if it does not end back in the pan.
23a Flower father keeps out back, one ending in soil (8)
An informal synonym of father containing (keeps) a synonym of out reversed (back), followed by the letter representing the Roman numeral for one and the last letter (ending in) of soiL.
28a An insect on the move, most cautious (8)
An anagram (on the move) of AN INSECT.
1d Society member in black suit (4)
A double definition – the second is a bit of a ‘stretch’ of the use of member.
5d One of those roasted in joke? (8)
A type of joke, or a crossword clue, that is considered ‘an oldie but goodie’.
6d Asian individuals coming in from Kolkata, say? (10)
A synonym (note the plural) of individuals inserted into (coming in) a term for someone from Kolkata.
13d A personal failing, with mistake finally admitted, for high-fliers (10)
An anagram (failing) of A PERSONAL containing (with . . . admitted) the last letter (finally) mistakE.
14d Specific taste of macaroni cheese (5)
A lurker (taste of) found in two words in the clue.
21d Passionate office into music, for example (6)
A type of (home) office contained by (into) what music is a form of (for example).
26d River of Ukraine seems endless, initially (4)
The first letters (initially) of four words in the clue.
Quick Crossword Pun:
FLAY + GRANT = FLAGRANT
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A random selection that ‘popped up’ on YouTube while I was considering a Jimi Hendrix number one from November 21st, 1970. Dave Brubeck, live in Belgium in 1964, with some good improvisation especially an almost two minute drum solo by Joe Morello: