Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3142 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winterpeg where we are cycling through several days of extreme cold followed by a couple of days of warm enough for snow, rinse and repeat. Still, when all this (frozen) moisture gets into the water table during the Spring thaw we may not be in ‘drought conditions’ any more!
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, and once again, Dada as friendly as he was last Sunday. I counted a generous seven anagrams (two partials), one lurker, and two homophones (one partial) – all in a slightly 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 – 27a, 1d, 23d, 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:
8a African native, captive in Mali, one’s sensed (7)
We start with the lurker (captive in) found in three words in the clue.
10a England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are in new country (7)
What our four listed countries combine to become followed by an anagram (new) of ARE IN.
14a Team are one short: more than one way back (7)
ARe from the clue with the last letter removed (one short) followed by the plural (more than one) of a type of way (for travel) reversed (back).
17a Brainiest men cite virtually ludicrous politician (7,8)
An anagram (ludicrous) of BRAINIEST MEN CITe with the last letter removed (virtually).
26a Where Arctic fossils are uniquely preserved? Wrong (9)
A (2,4,3) phrase which can indicate where (and how) Arctic fossils are preserved.
27a It’s not known who wrote that about military decoration etc (3,2,2)
The four letter term that indicates an unknown writer containing (about) a three letter abbreviation of a military decoration.
28a Bar where trouble curbed by gang (7)
A three letter verbal synonym of trouble contained (curbed) by a synonym of gang.
1d Miscalculation has kids at school on the rise (4-2)
A single word for kids at school reversed (on the rise) and divided per the enumeration.
3d Decided trim needed when scruffy (10)
An anagram (when scruffy) of TRIM NEEDED.
4d Country welcoming leaders in another leading country (9)
Guess a country, but it should become obvious, containing welcoming the first letters of (leaders in) Another Leading.
7d Mock rings fit for seller of necklaces etc (8)
A synonym of mock (as in make fun of) contains (rings) a synonym of fit.
17d Dark grey fish on cabbage, did you say? (8)
A four letter fish (that Dada has used before) followed by (on) a homophone (did you say) of a four letter synonym of cabbage.
20d Country united over borders in Guinea? (6)
The single letter for united before (over) the first and last letters borders of GuineA with a conjunction between them.
22d Bottom of lass on narrow horizontal surface for ride over snow (6)
The last letter (bottom) of lasS followed by (on) a term for a narrow horizontal surface (in a rock face perhaps).
25d Tightly-packed group never heard? (4)
A homophone (heard) of a synonym of never.
Quick Crossword Pun:
SUE + DOUGH + COO = SUDOKU
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I wonder if I can buy one of these in Winterpeg, Troika, the fourth movement from the Lieutenant Kijé Suite, by Sergei Prokofiev. Anatole Fistoulari conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: