Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3137 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where it has been revealed that, while the USA has a Strategic Oil Reserve, Canada has a Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve – one has to get one’s priorities in the right order!
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, business as usual again this week. I counted five anagrams (one partial), two lurkers (one reversed), and one homophone and a guess the fish as well as a guess the girl – all in a slightly asymmetric 27 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 – 4a, 13a, 22a, 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.
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Some hints follow:
1a River containing 75 per cent of fish, lower (6)
What must be Dada’s favourite river, of which there are five with same name in GB, containing three letters of a four letter (75per cent) fish.
11a Part of blade, yet rotating in saw (4)
The reverse lurker (part of . . . rotating) found in two words in the clue.
13a Stroke followed by reversed figure — might there be a comma in there? (9,3)
One for the lepidopterists – a (swimming) stroke followed by a (two digit) figure reversed.
16a Device that decreases pure stress, or otherwise (7-5)
An anagram (otherwise) of PURE STRESS, OR.
20a Particulars — of the hokey cokey? (3,3,4)
Where one is instructed to put one’s limbs during the hokey cokey turned into a pluralised nounal expression.
22a Loyal servant wearing skirt? (6)
Written as (4,2) an indication that someone is wearing a type of skirt.
25a Soldiers confronting wicked troublemaker (6)
The three letter term for soldiers placed before (confronting) a modern(?) slang synonym of wicked (which at first blush is more like an antonym).
1d God: American under clerical council raised to accept one (8))
The two letters often used for American placed after (under) the term for a clerical (church) council (or assembly) reversed (raised) and containing (to accept) the letter that represents the Roman numeral for one.
3d Person who criticizes prison? (7)
A double definition – the second is a slang term for prison – I thought it might be an American term but the BRB does not indicate that.
6d Traveller with black dog (3-6)
A synonym of black (think Whitby) and a type of dog.
9d Anything finished? Little following delay, oddly (6-5))
A three letter verbal synonym of finished followed by a synonym(?) of little placed after the odd letters (oddly) of DeLaY – I am not sure that the answer ‘matches’ the definition, I am more familiar with a different definition..
14d Layer helping lab test (9)
A (generic) small type of (feathered) layer and a synonym of helping (as in allowance).
15d Distance set to change over mountains (8)
An anagram (to change) of SET placed before (over) a term for a group of mountains.
21d What goes into grandpa’s tagliatelle? (5)
The lurker (what goes into?) to finish – found in two words in the clue.
Quick Crossword Pun:
DRAM + ATTICS = DRAMATICS
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