Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3136 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where it looks like we will have a White Christmas because of the snow we already have on the ground, which will probably stay until the Spring thaw, but that doesn’t count in my book. A White Christmas is snow falling on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, after the last couple of weeks, Dada is back to business as usual but he did include a sprinkling of oldies but goodies. I counted five anagrams (one partial), two lurkers (one reversed), and one homophone – all in a somewhat 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 – 9a, 16a, 23a, 27a, 18d. and the Pun probably made the grade this week.
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:
9a Capital never safeguarded by locks, ultimately lost (5)
A two letter synonym of never contained (safeguarded) by a synonym of locks (as in on one’s head) with the last letter removed (ultimately lost).
11a Back sore at first, one crying (7)
One of the oldies but goodies and a sporty clue – the first letter of Sore and a one word term equivalent to one crying.
14a Blighter’s puppet, is one wearing cap? (9)
A synonym for blighter including the possessive S and a synonym for puppet (plus the illustration).
16a Game whose winner won’t have had a shot (7,8)
If 14a got a ‘?’ I consider this deserves one too – a game(?) involving a not fully loaded weapon (won’t have had a shot).
25a Auditor’s painting jug (7)
The homophone (auditor’s) of a synonym of painting.
27a An on-line figure? (9)
A type of figure which when it is included in a fractional expression is above or on (the) line.
28a Monsters of ghastly reputation, enormous size originally (5)
A cluing device which Dada seems to use every Sunday – the first letters (originally) of five words in the clue.
1d Part of Macbeth usually like that (4)
The lurker (part of) found in two words in the clue.
2d An educational officer on the mountains (6)
AN from the clue and an educational officer – head of faculty?
4d Imitate rock, music genre served up (6)
A three letter rock (the BRB says a rocky height) and a music genre all reversed (served up).
8d Keen driver later hoped to go travelling (10)
An anagram (to go travelling) of LATER HOPED.
15d Dribbling Italian wingers in Salerno about to net five (10)
An anagram (about) of ITALIAN and the first and last letters of (wingers in) SalernO containing (to net) the Roman numeral for five.
18d Chocolate: one hardened in minute (8)
The letter used to represent one and a three letter synonym of hardened all contained by (in) a synonym of minute (as a record of, for example, a discussion).
24d Some land in water, carried towards the surface? (4))
The reverse lurker (in . . . towards the surface) found in two words in the clue.
26d Wine was revolting! (4)
A double definition to finish – the first is a four letter generic type of wine.
Quick Crossword Pun:
AYE + BAWLED = EYEBALLED
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