Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3138 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we have ‘warmed up’ after starting the week with highs of minus 20 and we may even reach plus 3 today!
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, once I got going, I should have started with the Downs, Dada bordering on benevolent this week. I counted six anagrams (three partials), one lurker (reversed), and no homophones – all in a symmetric 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 – 18a, 2d, 5d, and 7d.
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 Supporter of bridge game (7)
A double definition to start – for the first, the bridge might be temporary.
11a Bones set, unfinished before seventh of operations (5)
A 5 letter type of set, that was one of the only forms of domestic entertainment before TV came along, with its last letter deleted (unfinished) followed by the seventh letter of operations.
13a Point rewritten another way (5-4)
An anagram (rewritten) of ANOTHER and the abbreviated form of a way (on which we might live).
15a Piece from Bach’s ending in state of ecstasy (7)
The last letter (ending) of BacH inserted into (in) a single word for state of ecstasy.
17a Wheels turned within 1760 yards, phenomenal achievement (7)
A synonym of wheels (as personal transport) reversed (turned) and inserted into (within) what is 1760 yards.
23a Opener in European city’s team (9)
A European port city (West of Milford Haven) including the possessive apostrophe and a type of (water borne?) team.
25a In spite of all that, victory secured by hero we suspect (7)
The single letter for Victory inserted into (secured by) an anagram (suspect) of HERO WE.
1d Friendly hosts I would scare (10)
A synonym of (very?) friendly contains (hosts) the contracted form of I would.
2d Work wearing the aforementioned formal item (3,3)
The abbreviated form of a (musical?) work contained by (wearing) a four letter word for the aforementioned.
5d Composer has caught cold on hot, hot day (8))
A generic probably informal term for a composer containing (has caught) the single letter for Cold and the single letter for Hot.
14d Frame a chart I’ve redesigned around capital in Reykjavik (10)
An anagram (redesigned) of A CHART I’VE containing (around) the first letter (capital) of Reykjavik.
16d Check injury caused by knife, blunt (3,5)
A three letter injury that can be caused by a knife and a synonym of blunt (describing a person’s behaviour).
19d Gallery area briefly accommodating knave (6))
AREa from the clue with the last letter removed (briefly) containing (accommodating) a three letter synonym of knave.
22d King with currency (4)
The single letter from the Latin for King and a synonym of with.
Quick Crossword Pun:
CAN + NOODLE = CANOODLE
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Something to ‘blame’ my 6 years older sister for, American pop singer, former actress, and top-charting female vocalist of the late 1950s and early 1960s Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero, better known as Connie Francis, is 84 years young today. This is the second of her two UK number ones from 1958: