Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3148 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, on our local TV news on Thursday evening, we were told that, so far this month, we have already had double the average snowfall for February and more was added on Friday and yesterday.
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, chalk and cheese compared to last week – plenty of African places, one of which generated an amount of discussion last time it appeared. I counted a generous 8 anagrams (4 partials), one lurker, and no homophones – all in a very slightly asymmetric 30 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 – 10a, 19a, 28a, 1d, and 22d.
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 Leaders in different division hosted by affiliates playing very well (3,2,1,6)
The first letters (leaders) of Different and Division contained (hosted by) an anagram (playing) of AFFILIATES.
9a Lake ever so fresh, one between rivers (9)
An anagram (fresh) of EVER SO followed by the Roman numeral for one all inserted into (between) two of the single letter for river (rivers).
12a Pause having grabbed team cap (5-3)
A recent repeat but I still had to think about it – a synonym of pause containing (having grabbed) a synonym of team.
13a Clean domesticated animal, dear little thing (6)
A synonym of clean (which uses an implement with the same word as its name) and a generic term for a domesticated animal.
19a Figure disappeared into middle of shantytown (6)
A four letter synonym of disappeared inserted into the middle (two letters) of shantytown.
21a Wickedness on the other hand in hatred (8)
A two letter word for on the other hand inserted into (in) a synonym of hatred.
28a Dazzling fall of old Peruvian? (12)
One of Dada’s back to front clues – start with an old Peruvian and follow it with a nounal synonym of fall.
1d Part of body, organ in shape (7)
An organ (of the body) inserted into (in) a synonym of shape.
2d Temporarily incapacitate some bandit, as errant (5)
The lurker (some) found in three words in the clue.
5d Straight line into city, red originally (8)
The single letter for line inserted into an anagram (originally?) of CITY, RED – I am not convinced of originally as an anagram indicator but that is what the Puzzles Web Site had at midnight – if the clue is different in any other source please advise in a comment.
6d Drink second, not last (5)
A six letter synonym of second with its last letter removed (not last).
14d Sorrow about awfully long animal often trafficked (8)
A synonym of sorrow containing an anagram (awfully) of long – education as well as entertainment, change often to most for more accuracy.
16d Disappear — as might dog and owner? (2,7)
A double definition(?) – an informal term for exercising together.
22d 1320 yards? An Italian city (5)
Step by step – calculate what fraction 1320 yards is of one unit of a measure then take that fraction of the letters of that measure and add AN from the clue – brilliant!
25d Vegetable, initially swede, parsnip under discussion (4)
The first letters (initially) of four words in the clue.
Quick Crossword Pun:
KIN + GOPHER + WHIRLED = KING OF THE WORLD
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Buffy Sainte-Marie, CC (born Beverly Sainte-Marie, c. February 20, 1941), an Indigenous Canadian-American singer, songwriter, and musician, is 81 years young today. In 1983, she became the first Indigenous person to win an Oscar for the song Up Where We Belong, co-written with Jack Nitzsche and Will Jennings for the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Performed on the film soundtrack as a duet by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes, and many times since, this recording is from 1992 in Antwerp. Jennifer Warnes was chosen to sing because of her previous soundtrack successes, and she had the idea for the song to be a duet that she would perform with Joe Cocker whom she had been a fan of since her teens: