Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3147 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, with a little over two weeks of meteorological winter to go, Mother Nature has been ‘throwing’ everything at us – wind, rain, snow, blowing snow, extreme cold . . .
Keep staying safe everyone.
I might have been having a bad day so I am going to reserve judgement on this one. I counted five anagrams (one partial), two lurkers (one reversed), and one homophone – all in a symmetric 26 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 – 7a, 15a, 5d, and 13d.
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.
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Some hints follow:
7a Red vehicle carrying number in reverse (7)
A type of vehicle (that runs on rails) containing (carrying) a three letter number all reversed (in reverse).
10a Meat available, bottle it (7,3)
A type of meat and a three letter synonym of available.
14a Whole piece of paper, it nearly flipped over (6)
The reversed lurker (piece of . . . flipped over) found in three words in the clue.
15a Hit American man on head (11)
A six letter form of (informal?) address to an American man placed after (on) a synonym of head (which someone might threaten to knock off).
19a Business problem (6)
A double definition – the first relates to an item of business rather than to an organization..
20a Coffee or tea, for example — something else! (3,5)
How one might describe tea or coffee when it is made with water from a kettle.
26a Youth in want (7)
IN from the clue and a verbal synonym of want – I don’t know what Thesaurus Dada is using but I cannot envisage one that ‘links’ the definition and the answer.
1d Explosive gas available primarily in hospital room (7)
The chemical symbol for the first of the noble gases and the first letter (primarily) of Available all inserted into (in) a type of room in a hospital.
3d General bitten by snake, dead to the world (6)
The surname of a (American Confederate) General contained (bitten) by a three letter snake.
5d Illicit TS? (10)
An adjectival term that can be obtained by an instruction to reverse and what is the result when that instruction is applied to TS from the clue and is unabbreviated.
13d Treatment for user in Eurasian winter? (4,6)
How one might describe the impact of winter in a Eurasian country.
9d All of a sudden advance beginning to decelerate: courageous defending eh? (2,3,6)
A financial advance, the first letter (beginning to) of Decelerate, and a four letter synonym of courageous containing (defending) EH from the clue.
17d Racing, spirited and smart (7)
A triple definition – the first relates to racing as an indication of speed.
24d Bellow unrefined, by the sound of it? (4)
We finish with the homophone (by the sound of it) of a synonym of unrefined.
Quick Crossword Pun:
GUARD + DUNCE + ENTER = GARDEN CENTRE
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Not a video video, just stills. Number one for one week starting 45 years ago yesterday, the original recording of Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, composed and written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, sung by Julie Covington for the 1976 concept album Evita, then released as a single, and later included in the 1978 musical of the same name: