Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3140 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Boxing Day morning from Winnipeg from where I trust that you have awoken from your tryptophan induced slumbers bright eyed and bushy tailed ready to take on Dada’s latest challenge.
A very big thank you to our esteemed editor for providing me with an advance copy of today’s puzzle so that I could complete the solving and the preparation of the hints in advance of the festivities.
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, Dada much more friendly than he was last Sunday. I counted five anagrams (three partials), two lurkers (one reversed), and one homophone – all in a symmetric 32 clues; with 16 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 12a, 28a, 4d, and 15d.
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:
1a Father out of bed, nothing filling in snack – something in the kitchen? (3-2,7)
Dada unusually garrulous to start – a three letter synonym of father, a two letter word that indicates out of bed, and the letter that represents nothing inserted into (filling in) a synonym of snack.
10a Find round sovereign in bank (7)
A synonym of find containing (round) our sovereign identified by the usual two letters.
12a Good space for union man (5)
A single letter for good and a synonym of space.
16a Very keen to go around a country (7)
A single word synonym for very keen (as in eager desire) containing (to go around) A from the clue.
18a Road hazard, however, covered up by staff (7)
A poetic, or abbreviated, synonym of however contained (covered up) by a type of staff.
21a Huge residences, intimate ones (7)
An intimate (as in acquaintance) and another term for ones (in a pack of cards?).
28a Mistake of royalty beginning to cut back (7)
A single word adjective that is equivalent to of royalty (note that ‘of’ is not just ‘filler’) followed by the first letter (beginning to) of Cut all reversed (back).
30a Old spinner given test, he failed to trap Yorkshire’s opener (7-5)
An anagram (failed) of GIVEN TEST, HE containing (to trap) the first letter (opener) of Yorkshire’s.
1d Relate narrative originally supporting pirate at sea (7)
The first letter (originally) of Narrative placed after/under (supporting) an anagram (at sea) of PIRATE.
3d Draw electrical link on beam (7)
A four letter term for an electrical link(?) placed before (on) a synonym of beam (just think of our own Mr T).
7d Literary force, but contrived plot, cold stuff (7,6)
A synonym of but, an anagram (contrived) of PLOT, and some three letter cold stuff.
8d Mother’s absurd tailored garment (7,6)
An anagram (tailored) of MOTHER’S ABSURD.
14d Country welcoming leader in gorgeous African city (5)
A country (not in Africa) containing (welcoming) the first letter (leader in) of Gorgeous.
20d Part not including drinking water, ultimately (7)
A six letter word equivalent to not containing (drinking) the last letter (ultimately) of wateR.
26d Look inside tunnel, going up (4)
The reversed lurker (inside . . . up) found in two words in the clue.
27d Canine, cooler dog in the end (4)
A three letter type of (rotating) cooler and the last letter (in the end) of doG.
Quick Crossword Pun:
BURR + GLARY = BURGLARY
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American singer-songwriter Johnny Mathis had his only UK Number One success at Christmas 1976 (much better than most Christmas Number Ones):