Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3145 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we are on track for above average snow fall this winter.
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, Dada more friendly than he was last Sunday, perhaps, but I doubt it, silly me, he is making allowances for the appearance of the first ever Sunday Toughie. I counted a very generous 8 anagrams (four partials), one lurker, and no homophones, with four 12 letter clues (all hinted) to provide plenty of checkers – all in a symmetric 36 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 – 30a, 5d, 7d, 11d, and 18d.
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 Gutless Swiss caught by sword remains petrified? (6)
SwisS with all the interior letters removed (gutless) contained (caught) by a type of sword.
10a Step welcomed by wise contemporary (5-3)
A synonym of step contained (welcomed) by a synonym of wise.
14a Very rare offensive (4)
A double definition – the first may refer to a cut of meat that might only have been carried through a hot kitchen.
17a Stuck in ditch, an outing ruined for climber (8,4)
A back-to front clue – an anagram (ruined) of AN OUTING inserted into (stuck in) a type of ditch (surrounding a castle?).
20a Name in heading dead stupid, reason kept secret (6,6)
The single letter for Name inserted into (in) and anagram (stupid) of HEADING DEAD.
28a Names changed, including individual plants (8)
An anagram (changed) of NAMES containing (including) a three letter synonym of individual.
29a Unknown number visiting European city retire (4,2)
The single letter for an unknown number (rather than an unknown?) inserted into (visiting) a European City (which used to have an unusual vehicle test track) – Beware – any mention of a particular film will probably be redacted.
31a Pen top on rubber in shade of pink (6)
The first letter (top on) of Rubber inserted into (in) a shade of pink.
1d Acceptable target in ‘Test Your Strength’ or ‘Hook a Duck’? (4,4)
Where one might find and a descriptive term for the quoted activities.
2d Counterfeit note of debtor banked by team (8)
Three letters that indicate a note of debtor contained (banked) by a particular (North London) team which, if memory serves, is our dear leader’s favourite.
5d Double jeopardy has caught people almost entirely off guard, initially (12)
A synonym of jeopardy containing (has caught) all of an anagram (off) of PEOPLe with the last letter removed (almost entirely) and the first letter (initially) of Guard.
7d Black bird, hunter (6)
I can confidently say not a double definition – the single letter for Black and a large bird of prey (gives a hunter whose followers are on foot rather than riding).
11d Let your hair down more, chaps, little time for feeling of uncertainty! (12)
A (2,6) expression for let your hair down more, a three letter synonym of chaps, and the single letter (little) for Time.
19d Alarming shifts, disputable (8)
An anagram (shifts) of ALARMING.
22d Empty sheet, paper for school class (6)
SheeT with the interior letters removed (empty) and a term for a quantity of paper.
27d Cuddle old author (4)
A three letter synonym of cuddle and the single letter for Old.
Quick Crossword Pun:
MANTA + LIMP+ PUSS = MOUNT OLYMPUS
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Phil Collins, drummer, singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor (he was the Artful Dodger in the West End production of Oliver! as a 13 year-old), is 71 today. Probably best known as the drummer/singer of the rock band Genesis from 1970 to 1996, this is both an album track and a single from 1983: