Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3141 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A Happy New Year and a very good Sunday morning from Winterpeg where it is taters in extremis (= a high of -27C yesterday)!
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, Dada as friendly as he was last Sunday. I counted a generous eight anagrams (three partials), two lurkers (both reversed), and one homophone – all in an 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 – 13a, 16a, 3d, 22d, and the Pun.
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 Standard liquid for soup (5)
A double definition to start – the second can be obtained from simmering left over meat and bones.
10a Point in a cutter surprisingly cut! (8)
Guess a (compass) point and insert it into (in) an anagram (surprisingly) of A CUTTER.
13a Picture that’s the same, ruined (8)
A term that’s called out for ‘that’s the same’ in a (children’s) card game and a synonym of ruined.
16a A male perhaps heard schedule (6))
A from the clue and a homophone (although I don’t think it is actually a word) of what male is an example of (perhaps).
17a Fly has come back into widest estuary (6)
A reverse lurker (has come back into) found in two words of the clue.
19a Five back cut for sellers (7)
The Roman numeral for five and a 7 letter synonym of back with the last letter removed (cut).
21a Politician looking to the left in Qatar, comedian (8)
Another reverse lurker (looking to the left in) found in two words in the clue.
26a The woman seen by American court official (5)
The female genitive, dative, and accusative pronoun that indicates the woman placed after (seen by) two letters commonly used to indicate American.
2d Clothes, hardest to repair (7))
An anagram (to repair) of HARDEST.
3d Legitimate walk (14)
A double definition – the second is considered to be good for one’s health.
6d Ocean waves increase another time (4,5)
An anagram (waves) of OCEAN and a synonym of increase.
8d White powder for pastries pal scattered about (7,2,5)
An anagram (scattered about) of FOR PASTRIES PAL.
15d Duck and every cuckoo like a chicken, perhaps? (4-5)
A crickety duck and an anagram (cuckoo) of AND EVERY.
22d Scientist has dropped on amphibian (4)
A famous scientist with the ON in his name removed (has dropped).
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Quick Crossword Pun:
TAUPE + EERIE = TOPIARY
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Over here, at least, Christmas is The Nutcracker ballet season. This is an extract from The Nutcracker Suite which itself is ‘extracted’ from the ballet music. It is a ‘jazzed up’ arrangement played by the Horn Section of the Berliner Philharmoniker: